Woman reunited with life-saving paramedics ahead of EMS Week

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Honolulu’s Emergency Medical Services division received a special honor Friday.

Gov. David Ige proclaimed May 17-23 EMS Week in Hawaii, a reflection of National EMS Week, to recognize and commend paramedics and emergency personnel for their commitment to the community.

“We are challenging and asking them to do more and more each day to continue to keep our community safe and be able to deliver vital and important services under the times of duress and the greatest need,” Ige said.

Also in attendance was Julia Engle who, at 10 years old, was critically injured when a large tree fell on her as she slept in her Manoa home.

At the ceremony, she reunited with the EMS crew who saved her life a decade ago.

“Every moment alive is precious and in order to reach long-term goals, every little step along the way counts,” Engle said. “I would like to show my appreciation to my paramedics, my Aunty Sonya and Uncle Jason.”

“We are so excited to meet Julia. She really has come a long way from 10 years ago. We go on so many calls, but we always have those few that we never forget. Definitely, this is one of them,” said paramedic Sonya Adams.

“Just reading about your story and looking where you are now and what a fantastic community member you turned into and all the accomplishments you made is just a real testament to the character and strength that you hold,” said former EMT Jason Lopez, now a paramedic and firefighter with the Federal Fire Department. “It was a win for everybody who carried your treatment that night and we’re glad for this great outcome.”

At the time of the accident, Engle suffered extensive head and body injuries.

She has since made a full recovery.

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