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Signifying just how far emergency medical services has improved in Dougherty County over the past 50 years, Dougherty County officials recently unveiled its new 14,000-square-foot headquarters at 1436 Palmyra Road. The building – which replaced the EMS headquarters near Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital — has larger drive-through bays that can park and charge eight ambulances. Additionally, the building has seven bedrooms for paramedics, offices, bathrooms, a kitchen, dayroom and outdoor patio. Pictured, Dr. Charles Gillespie of Albany – largely known as the founder of EMS services in Georgia – presents the “EMT Oath” that he authored to EMS Director Bobby Tripp (right) and longtime EMS employee Elaine Ellington. “Needless to say, it was a proud moment in the history of the EMS system in Dougherty County,” Gillespie said. SPECIAL PHOTO.

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