Remembering Jim Page

This group is dedicated to James O. Page, founder of JEMS and father of modern EMS. Page died suddenly Sept. 4, 2004, at 68. He has been greatly missed, but through his teachings and our memories, we can continue to honor him and what he stood for.

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Latest Activity: Apr 5, 2013

We Can't Believe It's Been 5 Years

Post Your Thoughts and Memories on the Legacy of Jim Page Below in Our Special Forums & Comment Wall

On the fifth anniversary of Jim's death, we want to take this opportunity to reflect on all that he meant to us -- as EMS professionals and as people. He told us to have the courage to do what's right and to accept our mistakes. He made us feel important when he remembered our name after meeting us only once. He showed us how to live to a higher standard and to take care of each other. Each day, we continue to carry out his mission, and we encourage you to share your thoughts and memories as well.

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EMS Discussion Forum

from a fire-side collaborator 2 Replies

My collaboration started when I was working on an update of IFSTA Company Officer in 1996. Writing for Fire-Rescue Magazine evolved into a fire officer textbook.The second edition of Jones &…Continue

Last reply by Mike Ward Sep 4, 2009.

Remembering Jim Page's Legacy: Five Years Ago

DAVE J. IANNONEJEMS.comAuthor's Note: The following is an obituary and memorial I wrote about Jim Page the day he passed away. At the time I worked for and as you'll see from my…Continue

Started by JEMS Web Chief Aug 28, 2009.

2004 Staff Tributes

After Jim's death in 2004, many of his past co-workers submitted heartfelt tributes to JEMS. We've re-posted some of them here.****When I first met him in the summer of 1988, the name James O. Page…Continue

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Started by JEMS Web Team Aug 27, 2009.

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Comment by aaron on September 27, 2009 at 4:12pm
I Met Mr. Page At An Ems Symposium In Norfolk Va. & His Speaking Was Very Nice & He Will Alwayes Be An Legend In The Ems Side & Also The Fire side & I Was Very Shock To Here About His Passing & He Was Like An Brother To Me That I Never Had
Comment by Gregory Natsch on September 9, 2009 at 8:33pm
I met Mr. Page in January 1977 at a conference. I had already read several articles he had written in Paramedics International. Over the years I spoke with him on the phone about different issues or we corresponded by mail.
I remember being bellied up to the bar and speaking with a living legend, me a fairly new EMT. He was a true gentleman, and his passing was a deep personal loss for me knowing our industry lost a good friend.
Comment by JEMS Web Team on September 2, 2009 at 11:37am
We loaded a new slideshow of Jim that chronicles his career and life through images. (Note: It takes some time to open.)
Comment by Terry Childe on August 31, 2009 at 6:55pm
All though I never met the man, or know of his acomplishments till now, I am convinced he was a great person and missed condolences, be they late to friends and family.......cheers to jim and all that had the opurtunity to know him.
Comment by Paul Winfield Smith on August 31, 2009 at 4:45pm
I had the privilege of work for one of his subordinates when he became dorector of OEMS in Connecticut. I also had the privilege of meeting Jim on several occasions.

Comment by Medic11 on August 31, 2009 at 4:22pm
Such a forward thinking and progressive minded individual! His contributions have certainly affected EMS, helped CREATE EMS as it is today. He championed new ideas, encouraged new skills, and he was very friendly. I was pleased to meet Mr. Page in Salt Lake City during a conference there, and I think I was in awe. And he walked with me down the aisle of vendors, asked me a lot of questions about the particular challenges we face in rural/frontier Wyoming. He made me feel like I was important to EMS. Thank you always!
Comment by Racemedic on August 31, 2009 at 2:28pm
Sadly missed but fondly remembered . . . always.
Comment by Mac Kemp on August 31, 2009 at 2:28pm
I of course had been familiar with Jim Page for my entire career. I had been a fan of Emergency and had read many of Jim's articles and books. I met him just before his death. He was a speaker at Clincon in Orlando in July of that year. I was headed to my room and I ran into him in the hall. It was like running into an EMS movie star for me. For him, it was an opportunity to meet another human being that happened to be in EMS. He was casual and very interested in what I had to say. He was cordial and very humble. Finding advocates that love what they advocate is rare and finding one that is talented at spreading the word is even more rare. Jim was all that and more. His best legacy is that everyone that knew him can smile when he is remembered.
Comment by JEMS Web Team on August 28, 2009 at 6:33pm
From EMS educator Walt Stoy:

It is hard to believe Jim has been gone for five years. Having just returned from the NAEMSE conference, you would still think Jim is here with us. He appeared in pictures, conversations and his spirit seemed to be watching over the process. Without question, Jim made a significant contribution to EMS development. It was wonderful to hear and see so many individuals still speak about Jim and his continued influence on EMS even though he has departed. Although he is missed greatly by the EMS community, we still benefit tremendously from the foundation he established for us. We miss ya Jim…
Comment by Duncan Hitchcock on August 28, 2009 at 6:10pm
I had the peasure rather early in my career to meet Mr. Page and attend one of his lectures. He will always be remembered as one of the great influences in my career.

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