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Hamilton County EMS worker honored for 40+ years of service…and he’s not done

Chattanooga Elks Lodge Honors Charles PB “Scobey” Newman for 40+ Years of Patriot Day Service

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Sunday marks the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

It is also Patriots Day. A time when America honors those killed in the September 11 attacks.

Some of these people were first responders.

Locally, the Elks Lodge honored an emergency services worker for more than 40 years of service in Hamilton County.

Charles “Scobey” Newman says he understands it takes a special person to meet people at their worst on their worst days…and he’s proud of it.

“I have developed a skill set and an opportunity to supply where there is a need. Opportunity is an opportunity that should be taken by everyone, but not everyone is cut out for the job.

Newman began his career in the late 1970s as a first responder in his hometown of Sweetwater, Tennessee. In 1988, Newman moved to Hamilton County and started Erlanger before moving to County Emergency Medical Service. His colleagues, colleagues and bosses praise his dedication to service.

Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services Lt. Stacie Liles: “He’s awesome. He is great with his patients. He is caring. He is compassionate and he takes time with the people he works with and teaches them. He was always a teacher whether you were on call or out in the classroom.

Newman’s boss, Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services Director John Miller, adds, “He’s the one everyone’s looked up to for years. I started in this business in the late 80s, and even then Scobey was one of those guys. Everyone wanted to be like Scobey. Very clever. Very good provider. Cares about people. There are countless people walking the Earth today thanks to Scobey Newman.

Newman considers himself an unpretentious guy. This is a great trait to have when your life’s work is to save lives.

“It’s not about us. These are our patients. And, as long as you keep this attitude, things will always work out for the best. I got a sense of satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, and while it really isn’t listed as well as it should be, it’s enough. And, if you’re willing to work, if you’re willing to put in the hours, if you’re willing to care for patients, then it’s worth it.

The Elks Club hosted seven different agencies and nurtured 65 first responders at the event on Newman’s behalf.

Newman says it was great to be honored, but he’s not thinking about retirement just yet.

He told me he has at least a few more years to go to continue helping the people of Hamilton County.