Colleagues and friends of Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Thomas Gray gathered Sept. 4 to celebrate his service to Coffee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Gray has been in the emergency medical field for 36 years, serving EMS for more than 30 years.
While he is ready to slow down, Gray will continue to work part time for EMS. His last day as a full-time employee of Coffee County was Aug. 14.
“My favorite part of the job is helping people,” Gray said.
He enjoyed making a difference in people’s lives and feeling the gratitude of the patients.
“I’ve always tried to treat people the way I want to be treated – my mom instilled that in me,” Gray said.
“My last day working full time with Coffee County was Aug. 14, and I (still work at) Med Stat,” he said.
A private company based in Murfreesboro, Med Stat Ambulance provides services to Coffee County as well.
Gray said he appreciated the time spent at EMS.
“I will miss the people and some of the situations,” Gray said. “If I wrote a book about everything that happened, nobody would believe it – they would probably put the book in the fiction section…There are a lot of good people in Coffee County – they are friends.”
He now plans to spend more time with his family.
“I am looking forward to spending time with my wife, Regenia,” Gray said, adding they both enjoy watching sports.
EMS Chief Michael Bonner said Gray brought professionalism to the team. Gray also liked to have fun.
“I’ll miss his humor,” Bonner said. “He is very loyal.”
Bonner praised Gray for his “great work ethic.”
“He’s liked by everybody, great with patients, always smiling and laughing,” Bonner said.