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Hamilton County EMS spend a day with family and friends

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Billy Burnette has worked for Hamilton County EMS since 1993. 

He supervises five ambulances daily. 

“Each day is different with ems. We don't have a clue what kind of emergencies are going to come in, so some days might not be as hectic as others,” said Burnette.

Burnette says he's been on a lot of scenes before, but nothing can compare to the July 16th terrorist attacks.

Burnette was one of the 20 or so EMS personnel who responded to the shootings on Amnicola and Lee Highway. 

“It was all kind of surreal; it really didn't sink in until after the call. Honestly it was surreal. It was one of those things you did not think was going to happen here,” said Burnette. 

Saturday, Burnette played Jenga with his family at Bulk and Recreation Park.

He is one of a dozen EMS workers who spent the day away from the busy first responder life.

“We get to get away from the stressors and sit down with our coworkers and their families and just socialize,” said Burnette. 

Ken Wilkerson is director of Hamilton County EMS. He says it's important for first responders and their families come together since they spend about a third of their lives away from them. 

“Today was a family day. many times these guys work a job that keeps them away from their family, they miss holidays, they miss birthdays, graduations, this gives them time to enjoy each other’s company,” said Wilkerson.

In a few weeks several EMS workers will be recognized for their hardwork.

Count on Channel 3 to be at the award ceremony. 

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