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WEMA Station 1 to open, responders to be honored

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State legislators announced Wednesday that they will honor the first responders who helped save the life of 2-year-old Addilyn Gray, who nearly drowned in a swimming pool in April. 

The ceremony will be part of the grand opening of the new Wilson County EMA Station 1 and is set for 10 a.m., Thursday, July 31. 

The Wilson County toddler had to be airlifted to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt after her mother found her face down in the family pool on April 11. The young girl was in and out of consciousness during the flight to Vanderbilt where she stayed for the next 12 days until making a full recovery.  

Those honored will be Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Anderson; Dispatcher Megan McMahon; Chief Shannon Cooper; Shift Commander Lee Bowling; Lt. Terry Bilbrey; EMT-IV Josh Collins; EMT-IV Brandon Owens; Paramedic Kyle Davis; Vanderbilt LifeFlight Crew RN Sheldon Dreddy; Paramedic Grant Reatherford; and Pilot Peter Patton. 

“I am so thankful that Addilyn has made a full recovery from her accident, and much of the credit for her still being with us goes to the rescue workers,” said District 57 State Rep. Susan Lynn. “We are so lucky and blessed to have such great public servants in this community,” concluded the representative.  

A proclamation, which was signed by the legislators, honoring the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Wilson County EMA Ambulance and Rescue Personnel, will be presented and given to the local EMS office during the grand opening.

“This proclamation is just a small token to show our appreciation for the work of the first responders in acting quickly to save this young child’s life,” said District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody. 

The new fire station is located at 371 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon. It will house a fire engine, ambulance and brush truck. Finger foods and refreshments will be provided at the unveiling ceremony.   


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