Cabell County EMS Gives Major Boost to Helmet Drive
Lids for Kids is a safety initiative of Emergency &Trauma Services

Cabell County Emergency Medical Services Friday presented the Emergency and Trauma Department at Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital with a donation and more than 500 bicycle safety helmets for the hospital’s Lids for Kids drive. (From L to R) Maria Summers, RN, nurse manager of the Emergency Department at CHH; Jenny Murray, RN, director of Trauma Services at CHH; Cabell County Commissioner Nancy Cartmill; Gordon Merry, director of Cabell County EMS; Jamie Wroten, Cabell County Paramedic

More than 1,000 Tri-State children will play more safely because of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital Lids for Kids bicycle helmet drive that received a major boost Friday from the employees of Cabell County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS).

Cabell County’s EMS teams raised more than $3,000 and took in more than 550 new bicycle helmets to support Lids for Kids, a safety education initiative of the hospital's Emergency and Trauma Services. Lids for Kids is a project to help reduce the number of traumatic head injuries occurring among local children. The program will offer free helmets and education about the importance of wearing them to all pediatric trauma inpatients at the hospital and to Tri-State children during outreach activities.

"CCEMS is pleased to take part in a worthy cause such as the Lids for Kids campaign,” said Steve Murray, assistant director of Cabell County EMS, at today’s presentation. “All of our employees immediately saw this as a valuable program, so they took the challenge and ran with it. We personally witness what happens when helmets are not available to children, and anything we can do to see this preventable injury reduced is our goal. We would like to thank Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Trauma Director, Jenny Murray, and the trauma program for allowing CCEMS to take part. "

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Thank you, Cabell County EMS!

With the additional funds from CCEMS and previous donations from staff at Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, Cabell Huntington Hospital and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, more than 1,000 additional helmets will now be purchased and distributed.

“We see the tragic results of inadequate safety precautions every day and we believe it is our job to do whatever we can to provide safety equipment,” said Jenny Murray, MSN, RN, Director of Trauma Services at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “It is encouraging to see our community join together to teach children and families about safety while also providing the tools to stay safe.”

To learn more about the Lids for Kids project, please call Jenny Murray at 304.526.2239.