On duty with first responders

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Most people are not working either because it's a Sunday or it's a snow day.

But for first responders, snow or sleet doesn't stand in their way of work.

NewsChannel 5's Elizabeth Matthews rode along with paramedics from Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County.

Most of us probably take for granted those men and women who come straight to our door and help us after dialing 911.

Christian Hospital had eight ambulances out Sunday, and they have been busy. The Christian Hospital supervisor says the action started right around 10:30 a.m. and hasn't stopped. At one point Sunday afternoon, all eight of their 911 trucks were out on calls.

Most of their work has been weather related, and slips and falls and accidents related to icy roads.

"With crews having issues coming into work and then trying to beat the weather and then crews trying to leave because obviously they have family, it's very difficult to get staff in here so sometimes we have to hold people over," said Gina Pellerito, Christian Hospital EMS supervisor.

Meaning some of these paramedics may have to work more than their already 24 hour shifts. But they say it's all part of the job.


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