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During the Bellbrook City council meeting, Berma Fernandez praised the Bellbrook Fire/EMS Department for their gracious help after calling 9-1-1 several weeks ago.

Fernandez was rushed to the hospital after making a 9-1-1 call and was greeted by the diligence of the firemen. Fernandez lives alone and didn’t have a ride home. One of the female fireman told Fernandez if she needed a ride home, just to call and she would come back to get her. That is exactly what Fernandez did.

“When I was ready to leave a lady fireman brought me home, she helped me undress and she put me to bed,” said Fernandez. “What else could I ask for?”

Council members sat proud listening to her thankfulness and appreciated her gratitude. “Thank you for calling 9-1-1,” said council member, Denny Bennett. “We have a $250,000 med-unit waiting for your phone call.”

Fernandez and her husband moved to Bellbrook in 1957. They owned a picture frame shop in Town & Country. One of the first things her husband did when they moved to the area was join the fire department. “He thought it was a glamorous thing to do,” said Fernandez.

Mr. Fernandez was dedicated to his job as a fireman. One day, the fire department conducted training on putting out fires. Someone got hurt. They needed to take him to the hospital but they didn't have a way to get him there other than by car. Mr. Fernandez transported him in his station wagon, which eventually became Bellbrook’s first ambulance.

“Not too long after that, my husband bought a Volkswagen bus and it was shipped from Germany,” said Fernandez. “The bus then became the new ambulance.”

Living in Bellbrook for over 56 years, the EMS/fire department has been a big part of Fernandez’s life.

“Thanks to the fire department and the EMS,” said Fernandez, “We have come a long way from the station wagon.”

It’s nice to take a step back and see how far the city has come and the wonderful services that are provide by the City of Bellbrook, especially when it may be taken for granted on a daily basis. We couldn't imagine the thought of having an emergency occur and having no one to call for help.


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