Local group of EMS workers plan escort to EMS memorial to honor those who have passed
Lexington County, SC (Paul Kirby) – For Kristopher “Batman” Moore, first responders are more than just the people you call when there’s an emergency, they’re family. Moore works in the EMS field and is the president of the EMS Roaddocs RC of the Midlands Chapter. For those unfamiliar with the lingo of the road, an RC is a riding club whose members enjoy riding motorcycles.
Roadocs of the Midlands is comprised of people who are currently active or retired from the medical field. They include paramedics, EMTs, nurses, doctors or those involved in the first responder field. Their primary objective is to educate the community on CPR and first aid, and to bring to light to the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD that first responders are susceptible to. PTSD can often lead to suicides,and first responders attempt or commit suicide at an alarmingly higher rate than the general public. These medics ride motorcycles for fun, the comradery, and their own mental health.
The Midlands Chapter has been around since 2018, but the club itself has been around since 2015. Their founder William Benson felt as though those in the first responder and medical field needed a positive outlet to combat the PTSD. Since most first responders often encounter nightmare situations in their line of work, why not get together, do something they enjoy, and perhaps have an opportunity to help heal each other’s minds and emotions in the process. The local chapter is comprised of 10 members, most of whom reside in the Midlands area. Several, including Moore, call Lexington County home.
On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Roadocs of the Midlands will join with and escort cyclists riding to remember on their final leg to the SC EMS Memorial just inside Calhoun County in Sandy Run. The Midlands group will join with the riders at the Holiday Inn on the Frontage Road at Clemson Road in northeast Columbia between 9-10 a.m. this Sunday and escort them as they ride. They will end the trip at the EMS Memorial located at 1736 Old State Rd, Gaston, SC. There all will hold a ceremony to recognize those first responders that are no longer with us. They will add the ones who’ve passed this year to their list as well.
The public is invited to attend the memorial service. For more information, contact Kristopher Moore at 803-361-9589.