Fund set up to honor paramedic

Ten years after a Muscogee deputy coroner and formerparamedic died at age 37, his name and his memory arehonored with a fund set up specifically to aid thosewho rescue others during medical emergencies.

Scott McDaniel, son of Columbus Councilor C.E. "Red"McDaniel and wife Jo, died in March 1998, whilevisiting his parents' condominium in Panama City, Fla.The following year friends and family established theScott McDaniel Memorial Fund for the benefit ofemergency medical technicians who become ill orinjured, or who need financial aid to further theirtraining.

On Monday that fund contained $4,028, said DavidMcCall, the Harris County emergency medical servicesdirector who chairs its board. Supporters hope thisweek to deposit more from a fundraiser that's a bedgiveaway.

On Thursday, during an emergency medical servicesawards banquet at The Medical Center's conferencebuilding, someone will win a handmade, red cedar bedvalued at $3,000. McCall said the signature bed, madeby woodworker and part-time paramedic Kelly Maxwell ofLittle Branch Farm in Hamilton, will be either aqueen- or king-size, depending on the winner's choice.

Anyone who wants to support the fund by buying achance to win the bed can get a single $10 ticket or aset of three for $25, said McCall. Those interestedcan call him at 706-628-4284. Tickets also areavailable at the Region 7 EMS office in the 2100 ComerAve. health department in Columbus. The telephonenumber there is 706-321-6150.

Tickets may be purchased right up until the drawingThursday evening. The banquet starts at 6:30 p.m.,McCall said.

He said the Scott McDaniel Memorial Fund twice hasbeen used to help rescue workers who were wounded bygunfire, one in Muscogee and another in StewartCounty.

McDaniel had worked as a paramedic for eight yearsbefore joining the Muscogee coroner's office in 1993.He had a reputation for helping others, and forplaying practical jokes on friends. In August 1997, hewas credited with saving his father's life byperforming cardiopulmonary resuscitation when theelder McDaniel had a heart attack.

Scott McDaniel was vacationing in Florida thefollowing year when he was found dead from cardiacarrest. The fund later was established to help thoseworking in a field he loved.

"He loved that paramedic job," his father said Monday."He actually was a frustrated doctor. He should havebeen a doctor, I guess, but he loved it."

The fund aids emergency medical workers in Georgia'sRegion 7, which includes the counties of Harris,Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion, Talbot, Taylor,Macon, Schley, Stewart, Webster, Quitman, Randolph andClay.