EMT Students Help Children at Jamison Center

Want to hear about the great things Allied Health students do in our community, and have your heart touched at the same time? See the note from Brent Burton, the training coordinator for Hall Ambulance and adjunct instructor in Bakersfield College’s Emergency Medical Technician program. Nine EMT students volunteered their time and money to help 24 children at the Jamison Center celebrate Easter. The Jamison Children’s Center is a 24-hour emergency shelter and protective custody facility, operated by the Human Services Department of Kern County. As the only emergency shelter in Kern County for abused, neglected, and exploited children, Jamison provides temporary housing for children taken into protective custody by law enforcement or social workers. The children at Jamison Center are from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Thank you to our students Chris Collier, Victor Jaquez, Mitch Royal, Natalie Roberts, Larra Collins, Victoria Saldana, Veronica Sanchez, and Ruth Alvarez, and especially to Brent Burton, for making this possible.

“We had two bounce houses for the kids to enjoy as well as coloring books, crayons, Easter Baskets for every kid, and a wonderful BBQ of hotdogs and hamburgers and all of the fixings that goes along with a BBQ and even music with our very own DJ for the festivities. This was all donated by our students in the EMT Program at Bakersfield College. We all had a great time and especially the kids. We had 24 kids age from 4 to 17 who were there enjoying the festivities all afternoon. All of the kids expressed their gratitude and excitement throughout the event. Some of the kids had said this was their best day ever. One of the staff members from the Jamison Center said that one of the kids who was there had never showed a happy expression or even smiled since she had arrived at the center and Saturday she was all smiles and enjoyment. Our students and I truly enjoyed the experience!!!

I look forward to many more events with the kids from the Jamison Center. Next one will be this summer during our next class of EMT students. I have a 4-hour block already set-aside from the City of Bakersfield McMurtrey Aquatic Center.”

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