Retiring Sussex EMS paramedic saluted by county council

GEORGETOWN — Brent Hudson’s last shift as a Sussex County Emergency Medical Services paramedic ended at 7 a.m. Saturday.

On Tuesday afternoon, he was back in his blue EMS jumpsuit standing before Sussex County Council for a tribute and well wishes for happiness in retirement after his 28-plus years of service as a Sussex County paramedic.

“So, my last night was Friday night. And I got off Saturday morning and I thought it was going to be the last time I put this uniform on, this jumpsuit,” said Mr. Hudson. “But I am very honored to be here in front of you today to have it on again.”

At left, Brent Hudson, who retired last weekend with 28 years/seven months service as a Sussex County EMS paramedic, receives congratulations, thanks and the county’s tribute from Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent during the July 30 council meeting.

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson read the tribute and county council president Michael Vincent, a veteran of fire and ambulance service, presented it to the now-retired paramedic.

“You know, I’ve known Brent Hudson for 28 years and seven months,” said Mr. Vincent. “We rode on the ambulance a lot of times together; me as an ambulance attendant, he as a paramedic.”
Mr. Hudson, who ends his career as a Paramedic II, was employed with the county from Dec. 1, 1990 to July 27, 2019.

“As a young man starting in the volunteer fire and ambulance (service), when we took people to the hospital in the ambulance it was a ‘scoop and swoop’ situation back then with very little patient care,” Mr. Hudson said.

“We didn’t even know what a paramedic was. When the job ad was posted by the county for paramedic positions in the early 1990s, I still didn’t fully understand what a paramedic did, but I knew I wanted to do it.”

“Twenty-eight-plus years later, many lives have been changed and saved in Sussex County because of the advance life support and paramedics,” said Mr. Hudson.

“I could talk for hours about Sussex County EMS and all of its advances, and what it has done and what it has become. The SCEMS’ motto is caring people, quality service. I have witnessed firsthand that care and that service by the men and women of Sussex County EMS on a daily basis.

“I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have been able to care for patients that were residents and visitors, and sometimes family and friends.”

Mr. Hudson came to SCEMS as an active member of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department, as a firefighter and EMT.
During his career, Mr. Hudson served on numerous committees and workgroups as well as an active proponent and ambassador of SCEMS.

Mr. Vincent offered thanks on behalf of the county and congratulated Mr. Hudson on his long career.
“You’ve done a great job in this county,” Mr. Vincent said.
“I would hope that all of our new people coming on the paramedics have your philosophy about patient care … and being kind.”

“I want to thank the current and past county councils, county administrations, paramedic administrations for their support in making Sussex County EMS the great system that is recognized for being today,” said Mr. Hudson.

“It is a truly and sincerely an honor and privilege to have served as a paramedic in the county that I was born and raised in. Thank you.”

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