Spirit will hold a community celebration of 15 years on Sunday

GREENVILLE – As the nation celebrates National EMS Week all next week, Spirit EMS is publicly inviting the community to celebrate 15 years of service in Western Ohio and Eastern Indiana.

Owners Brian K. Hathaway and Aaron L. Guthrie have invited the entire community to join the Spirit family for a celebration on Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 1 to 5 p.m. at their main office located at 5484 S. State Route 49, Greenville.

Not only will the event feature food trucks from Mike’s Concessions, Bohndox Pizza Concessions and Kona Ice, but many other family activities are also planned. Kona Ice will begin serving free ice cream to the first 100 guests from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Beginning at 1 p.m., planes from CareFlight and MedFlight will be on site, followed by a vehicle extrication demonstration by the City of Greenville Fire Department.

Although there will be a DJ on site throughout the afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m., Mississinawa Valley High School Taiko drummers will be performing.

Beginning at 2:30 p.m., children of all ages will have the opportunity to enjoy a petting zoo set up by members of the Greenville FFA. Free inflatable houses, children’s games and face painting will also be available. A “Smash an Ambulance” event will also be featured, where people can donate to the Cancer Association of Darke County and leave their mark by using a sledgehammer to destroy a retired ambulance.

From 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Spirit staff will give tours of its main facility and its up-and-coming community and education center located at 5464 S. State Route 49, Greenville. There will be a video highlighting the past 15 years, photos of out-of-state deployments of personnel; and information highlighting the EMS and community education program as well as information on employment opportunities. There will also be door prizes and giveaways.

Hathaway said holding the 15-year celebration to kick off the 47th annual National EMS Week, whose theme this year is “EMS Week: Rise to the Challenge,” only seemed appropriate lately.

“Since Spirit’s inception, our employees have continued to take on a variety of challenges, all for the benefit of the patients, hospitals, facilities, schools and agencies we serve,” Hathaway said in the press release. “Our dedicated staff have certainly gone above and beyond, especially in recent years during the pandemic, and we are always proud of them. There’s no better feeling than knowing the thousands of lives our staff have touched over the past 15 years. We encourage everyone to come share their stories and celebrate with us at this community celebration.

Hathaway said immediately following Taiko’s performance, the company’s owners will share a brief history of the past 15 years and recognize all of its current and potential future employees with a special presentation.

“We have worked to continue the motto we set 15 years ago, ‘Our family takes care of your family,'” Guthrie said in the statement, noting that Spirit made its first ambulance run on 16 February 2007. “We encourage everyone to come out and join in our celebration. Our team has worked hard over the past few months to plan this community celebration as we commemorate 15 years of dedicated service.

Starting initially with a fleet of five vehicles and eight employees, Spirit now has nearly 100 employees and more than 50 vehicles from its six locations, including Celina, Greenville, Houston, Sidney and Van Wert, Ohio, as well as Liberty, Indiana.

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