Mercy heroes go orange in honor of EMS Week

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial ceremony to salute emergency responders

Orange is the color of safety, and residents likely see more of it next week as Mercy’s first responders wear special T-shirts in honor of National EMS Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday.

“Whether we’re responding to emergencies or transporting patients, our team will show their pride on their uniforms with bright orange EMS Week shirts,” said Bob Patterson, executive director of Mercy Emergency Medical Services.

Patterson’s fleet responds to more than 60,000 emergencies each year across 17 counties, spanning more than 7,000 square miles.

Mercy’s EMS Week celebrations kicked off at Hammons Field with an awards ceremony during the Springfield Cardinals game on Sunday. Throughout the week, an appreciation caravan will travel to each Mercy EMS region in Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas and Central Oklahoma. Open houses are also planned in Branson West, Mountain Grove, Cassville and Springfield.

A Cassville-based event will be held on Thursday from 3-7 p.m.

Celebrations will conclude at Mercy’s EMS headquarters, located at 1407 E. St. Louis St. in Springfield, on Saturday. At 2 p.m., family and friends of the late Tom Roper will join Mercy co-workers for a special memorial to honor Roper, the first practicing paramedic in the region and Mercy’s first EMS manager, who passed away in August 2016. His name will be unveiled on a memorial monument following a prayer and reading of names of other emergency services team members who’ve passed.

“Tom was a friend, a mentor and a leader to all of us,” Patterson said. “What better time than EMS Week to honor his impact on emergency services in this region. Adding his name ensures that his legacy, as well as all others who’ve followed in his footsteps, are not forgotten.”

For more information about Mercy EMS services, locations and other resources, people may visit:, or call 417-820-5454.

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