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Lana Skelton celebrates 25th year on Wauneta EMS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:34

June marks Lana Skelton’s 25th year as a Wauneta EMS volunteer. Here she stands in front of Wauneta’s newest ambulance. (Christi Christner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

By Christi Christner

The Wauneta Breeze

 

Lana Skelton has been serving the Wauneta community as a volunteer EMT for the last 25 years.

This exemplary woman has juggled parental duties towards her three kids Josh, Jesse and Kelsie, being a loving and helpful wife to her husband, James, for 29 years and being a volunteer EMT for the Wauneta community.

“Being an EMT just means I lead a regular life with my pager with me at all times,” Skelton says.

Skelton is also branched into CISM or Critical Incident Stress Management which means that if there is a traumatic car wreck or something, it is her job to go and talk with the people involved.

Skelton is not the only volunteer EMT. She works along side Gary Hunt, Leanne Hunt, Melissa Klentz, Scott Biberstein, Emma Skelton, Lynn Brunkhorst, Andy Kline, Dayna Cayer and Candice Cayer.

Leanne Hunt, who has volunteered since 2009 says, “Lana is an incredible EMT! I enjoy working with her a lot!”

While in college, Skelton had thought about taking an offered EMT class, but then decided against it. She always had an interest with helping people, but it just wasn’t the right time.

Years later, she received a letter that invited anyone who had an interest in becoming an EMT to come and participate in an offered class. This time she didn’t let the opportunity pass.

From the time she started in 1989 to today, she has seen many changes, not only within the staff members, but also with the equipment.

The Wauneta EMS team received a new ambulance. They were able to customize it to fit their needs. Imperial also gave one of their older ambulances to Wauneta’s EMS.

Before acquiring their now permanent location, to hold meetings, they would have to meet in various places. Sometimes they would meet in the Municipal Building, other times in the offices of local pastors.

When Skelton isn’t busy helping out with blood drives or racing off in an ambulance to help someone, she is helping her husband and being a stay at home mom.

Her children, all now in college, grew up in the EMT world. “Out of all my 25 years though, I have only had to take one of my children in an ambulance. Both times it was my oldest,” Skelton says laughing.

“I played guinea pig a lot,” Kelsie her youngest and only daughter says. “I have had plenty of fake blood on me!”

It takes a very special person to be an EMT. Lana Skelton, with her loving and outgoing personality, is a prime example. Skelton has touched a lot of lives not only as an EMT, but as a caring individual who is active in the community.

“I don’t enjoy being around blood and guts. I do it because there are people who need us,” Skelton says. “It’s very hard sometimes, because you are forced to work on people you know and love. In the end though, it is all worth it.”