McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services Director Jane Rogers is retiring after 27 years.
Through the years, Mrs. Rogers has been part of the modernization of the service.
"We are sad to see her go, she's been a dedicated employee," said Debbie Jones, public relations for McDuffie Regional Medical Center. "We really, really hate to lose her, but we're happy for her."
Mrs. Rogers said she became an Emergency Medical Technician in April of 1977, and was a volunteer for the county ambulance service when it started that September. When the service began, Mrs. Rogers said it was basic with the technicians providing first aid and transportation. Later, more training was required for them to start intravenous fluids. Now, Mrs. Rogers said all EMS workers must be certified paramedics, which is a level higher than an EMT. Mrs. Rogers has also seen the addition of automatic electronic defibrillators and firefighters as first responders.
"The first responder program is something that we've worked towards for a long time, having the firefighters as first responders, and they assist when we need them," she said.
Before the county provided service, Mrs. Rogers said those needing an ambulance were picked up by local funeral homes.
Now, the county contracts with the hospital to provide ambulance service. Presently there are two ambulances with two employees available 24 hours and another one available 16 hours.
Mrs. Rogers said she is retiring because she is physically no longer able to get into an ambulance or handle the stresses of the job. Her replacement has not yet been named. Mrs. Rogers officially retires on Friday, Jan. 13, but she has written Saturday the 14th on all her papers.
"I don't work on Saturdays, but I didn't want my last day to be Friday the 13th," she said with a laugh. "I will enjoy my time at home, do some volunteer work at the hospital, and enjoy life."