Sunday, March 27, 2011

Blood Drive To Honor Local Paramedic

Brandon Smith, the public affairs officer for the Putnam County EMS, says that an event is scheduled next week in honor of paramedic Carmen Burnette.  Smith says that on Tuesday, April 5, emergency responders from across the Upper Cumberland will join together to "give the gift of life" in honor of paramedic Burnette, who died suddenly during surgery to correct a job-related injury. Since that time, plans have been made for a tribute to her work in the community, and to benefit the Carmen Burnette CPR Education Foundation.

"Carmen was well-known in the Upper Cumberland for her work with EMS agencies and the CPR programs. We wanted to do something to honor her memory and continue the work she loved so much," said Rachel Smith, event coordinator.

The event will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday April 5, and will go until 6 p.m. at the Cookeville Blood Assurance office. The event will host not only a blood drive, but will have emergency vehicles on display for children and families to learn more about careers like that of Burnette.  Financial contributions will also be accepted for the Carmen Burnette CPR Education Foundation that was created by her family to help teach more students how to save lives in their communities.  The event is open to the public, and Blood Assurance will be setup with extra staff to aid in the donations. For more information about this event, visit or visit the Putnam County EMS Facebook page.