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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Open house tonight for retiring EMS veteran, Buckwheat Johnson

After 43 years of volunteering as an EMT, Buckwheat Johnson embraces his upcoming retirement, saying, “It’s time.”

His retirement becomes official today and the community will celebrate with an open house tonight from 4-7 p.m. at the Emergency Services Facility.

Born and raised in Windom, Buckwheat’s journey to become an EMT began in January 1979, training in Westbrook two nights a week for five months. He performed clinicals at Windom Area Hospital, starting out with ambulance ride alongs and taking vitals.

Reflecting on his inspiration to become an EMT, Buckwheat, 67, shared, “My mom helped found the ambulance service.”

For much more on this story, see the March 30 edition of the Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.

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