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Med-Care pays tribute to Allen Parsons
Sally and John Parsons look on after the cardboard was removed to show a tribute Med-Care paid to Parademic Allen Parsons in dedicating their board room at their new facility in his name. Paramedic Parsons was killed in the line of duty when the ambulance was struck on Rt. 4 in Turner by a drunk driver on July 5, 2007. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
MEXICO -- During the grand opening of the new facility for Med-Care Ambulance Thursday, Med-Care paid tribute to Allen Parsons by dedicating their board room in his name.
Allen's parents, Sally and John, were seated at one end of the room, in front of a visual tribute to their son that was covered by cardboard on the floor. Facing the Parsons on the other side of the room was Med-Care Director of Operations Dean Milligan.
Milligan, speaking before a room filled with people, began a short, but emotional tribute speech.
"On July 5, 2007, Med-Care experienced our darkest and saddest moment in our company's history when our parademic, Allen D. Parsons, was killed in the line of duty when the ambulance was struck on Rt. 4 in Turner by a drunk driver," he said, noting that Parsons tending to a serious trauma patient, who was present for this tribute.
"Since the moment of that impact, everything changed in our EMS family and most importantly, for Allen's family. The most positive thing to come from this event has been the joining of our EMS family with Allen's immediate family," said Milligan.
"In 2008, we traveled with the family to the National Fallen EMS Memorial in Roanoke, VA, which is the annual honoring of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Another sad event, on the one hand, but a time that solidified to the family that they will never be alone, and though Allen can never be replaced, they'll always have us," he said.
"Moving to this new station just wouldn't be the same without having Allen here with us, and again, we have always promised the family that we will never forget and that he will always be remembered throughout the history of Med-Care," said Milligan, who noted that, to this day, Steve Brown, president of the Med-Care Board of Directors, asks for a moment of silence for Parsons before each meeting.
"Allen will be here as we move forward. It's our intention that the family will take comfort in knowing that Allen will never be forgotten by the Med-Care Board of Directors, our EMS staff, students and the public participating in education in this facility," he said.
They then removed the cardboard covering what Milligan called "our minimal way of showing our love and support for your family and the memory of Allen, by dedicated this room as the Allen Parsons Board Room. As we promised from day one, we will never forget."
"Beautiful," described John Parsons about the tribute, noting that Allen would have downplayed such a tribute. "He would say he was just doing his job."
Besides Allen's parents, siblings Ralph and Patsy were in attendance, with sister, Martha, unable to attend.