East Texas very own local EMS responders Hopkins County EMS AMBUS “MPV4-01” which served during Hurricane Harvey marked the anniversary by attending the City of Rockport and Aransas County Hurricane Harvey Anniversary Event – “Onward”. The event was to honor the community and first responders for their efforts during and after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Aransas County. Dignitaries in attendance were US Congressman Michael Cloud and US Senator Ted Cruz.
“The City of Rockport and Aransas County has made tremendous strides in recovery, and the efforts of the local community shows the pride of Texans helping Texans,” said Brent Smith, EMS Director for Hopkins County EMS. Multiple businesses sponsored the appreciation event which featured; local volunteer fire departments, law enforcement agencies, EMS, and many public works agencies. Attendance to the event was free to the public, which allowed them to interact and thank the many first responders and view their equipment. “The outpouring of gratitude displayed by the citizens of Rockport and Aransas County at this event was amazing.” “It was a humbling experience to attend and provide a certain closure to those citizens whose lives are still trying to find a sense of normalcy one year later,” said Brent Smith.
Hopkins County EMS is based in Sulphur Springs Texas, and is the host agency for the AMBUS “MPV4-01” which is part of the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) which operates under a state memorandum of agreement with Texas Division of Emergency Management. Participation in the EMTF program is an additional way Hopkins County EMS serves its local, regional and state communities.