Recognition for EMT Michael R. Jackson

Recognition for EMT Michael R. Jackson

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Dale Johnson started this petition to North Carolina Legislature

On February 9, 1995, Michael R. Jackson was killed in the line of duty while working as an EMT. While working as a part time EMT for Mid South Ambulance Service, Michael and his partner were on their way to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill (NC) to pick up a patient to be transported. They came upon a motor vehicle crash on I-40, in the westbound lane, just east of the bridge over Crabtree Creek. While providing care for the victims, the brakes on the tractor trailer involved in the crash released, rolling downhill into the ambulance. Both vehicles then ran over Michael, killing him.

Michael's sacrifice was honored at the National EMS Memorial Service, and then Governor Jim Hunt presented his wife, Shannon, with the North Carolina Award for Bravery and Heroism.

Inasmuch as Michael's sacrifice occurred while he was on-duty as an EMT, it should be recognized by the public. There is not a day that goes by whenever I pass by that site that I don't think about Michael, the events that day, and how that now only a few people remember Michael and his service.

Here in North Carolina, bridges and highways are often renamed to honor our citizens. Fallen law enforcement officers, state troopers, a correctional officer, and a fire captain have been honored by having a bridge dedicated in their honor. Roads and highways are often renamed in dedication of politicians, locally prominent citizens, a DOT worker killed on duty, and even a race car driver.

This is not some sort of expensive program. This is nothing more than placement of two signs, by the NC DOT, at the bridge that carries I-95 over the Neuse River in Johnston County, or the I-40 bridge over Crabtree Creek, just west of the site where Michael died.

Let your elected representatives know that it is way past time for Michael to be honored, for the public to see, for his sacrifice.

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