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Longtime Neligh Rescue members Lyle Juracek announced his retirement on Tuesday during the annual EMT barbecue.
Juracek told those in attendance at the Neligh Fire Hall that he’s seen a lot of changes during his nearly 50 years in rescue.
He started his career in 1970 and joined the Antelope Memorial Hospital team in 1974. Juracek thanks the AMH administration for their support of the EMTs, especially with their ability to recognize when doctors were needed right away at a scene or the hospital.
Personal experiences have kept Juracek active with rescue, especially the Neligh-Oakdale Jaws of Life.
Juracek said it was after his son was seriously injured in an auto accident that he became recommitted to ensuring the local Jaws team had the proper tools to save lifes. He was key in raising funds for the Neligh-Oakdale Jaws of Life.
As for why this is the right time to retire as an EMT, Juracek said it was during the grain bin rescue last fall that he realized it was time for younger EMTs to step up.
“It’s time for the younger guys to wear the bunker gear,” Juracek said with a laugh. “After 47 years, it’s time for me to step down.”
Juracek’s EMT license will expire in December.