Communities around the country are marking the 42nd annual National EMS Week and the 54th annual Law Enforcement Week on May 15-21.

City commissioners recognized both celebrations during this week’s meeting.

“I encourage the community to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities,” Mayor Duane Oestmann said regarding EMS Week.

He congratulated all emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement officers present on their dedicated work for the community, and shook each of their hands.

“We wouldn’t have the stellar EMS services we have without the support of the commission, the city manager and the administration. I know I speak for us all when I say we all feel that way,” said EMS Director Jeri Smith.

The honoring of public servants in Arkansas City is not limited to this week, however.

EMS Week history

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized National EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in the naFIRE-EMStion’s communities.

EMS practitioners care for their patients’ medical needs and show caring compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.

With the development of mobile integrated health care and community paramedicine, EMS also increasingly is a valued participant in achieving the nation’s overall health care goals of improved patient health and lowered costs.

Law Enforcement Week history

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week.ACPD logo

Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge this week on Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, according to

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement.

National Police Week since has grown into a series of events that attract thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to the nation’s capital each year.