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Marion County Rescue Paramedic Recognized For 20 Years Of Service

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It takes a special kind of person to put their life on the line every day for someone else.

For one Marion County man, he considers it a blessing and an honor.

"When I first started I was a paramedic, then doing rescue paramedic," said Ed Sparks, rescue paramedic. "In the 20 years, I spent a lot of time training the new paramedics and the new rescue people. I get a lot of satisfaction from that."

Twenty years; that's how long Ed Sparks has been wearing a Marion County Rescue Squad uniform.

"I've personally seen him in action several times. He is a kind, compassionate, very effective paramedic who has saved numerous lives of people in Marion County," said Tom Mainella, Marion County Rescue Squad Board of Directors.

Sparks has seen a lot in his 20 years of service to Marion County. Some horrific while others extremely special.

He said every incident and every minute on the job is worth it.

"I do a lot of rescue. A lot of rescue training and when it hits the fan, we are the people that they call," Sparks said. "That's the part I really love."

Officials said no day is ever the same for a first responder.

"My hat goes off to these people. They do endless hours. Like, Tom Mainella said they do weekends, they do holidays, and not enough is said until you have to use these people," said Mayor Robert Garcia, City of Fairmont.

The Marion County Rescue Squad held a celebration in Sparks' honor, recognizing him for his service over the past 20 years.

"It means a lot. I've trained almost every person in that room and for them to be grateful is nice," Sparks said.

Even with 20 years under his belt with the Rescue Squad, Sparks believes there are still things to accomplish.

"I'm 59 so there isn't a lot of years left in my career but I'd like to spend the time doing just what I've been doing. That's training and leading. That kind of stuff," he said.