Archive for June, 2009

Her spirit lingers at Station 104

June 24, 2009

You can’t help but be impressed by Sussex County Emergency Medical Service workers. Because of the nature of their work, they establish a bond most people who work together could never understand.

Those who put their lives on the line when the alarm sounds learn to appreciate life in a different way then the rest of us. They also learn that life is precious and can be cut short without warning.

A year ago, the EMS family was shaken to its roots with the loss of one of its own, Stephanie Callaway.

She died in a tragic crash while attending to a patient in the back of an ambulance on the way to Beebe Medical Center. She was only 31, taken from those who loved her in the prime of her life. She had so much to live for and so much more to give.
Stephanie was an inspiration to those around her.

Although I didn’t know her, the stories I’ve heard over the past year tell the tale of an amazing young woman who was dedicated to her work, her family and not only helping others in time of need, but also elevating those she worked with.

Stephanie left behind a large family, including her husband Steve and two young sons, Matt and Ryan. One can’t begin to imagine the hardships and heartache this young family has endured over the past year.

But standing beside Steve and his sons has been the Sussex County EMS family, which has become his extended family.

On Wednesday, June 17, the one-year anniversary of Stephanie’s passing, Sussex County EMS dedicated Station 104 near Rehoboth Beach in Stephanie’s memory, a fitting tribute because it was her favorite station among the eight in the system.
Many kind words were spoken in Stephanie’s memory, and those who love her shed many tears.

Steve talked about his wife with several members of the press and noted he planned to ride in the 300-mile National EMS Memorial Bike Ride next year in her memory.

He was gracious and patient and answered all questions with dignity. He said it was the least he could do for her.

But perhaps the most touching moment occurred when one of her fellow paramedics looked at the station and said, “Her spirit still lingers here.”

No one doubts that.