John Sherrod completed his final shift with Nash EMS on March 15, after 27 years of service to the county.
Nash County Emergency Services held a retirement party on March 15 and presented Sherrod with a plaque of appreciation.
“I’d like to thank John for 27 years of service,” said Brian Brantley, Nash County Emergency Services Director.
Brantley said Sherrod was one of the first six hired in 1986 by Nash County EMS in the Coopers area.
Sherrod said he first got involved in fire and rescue as a volunteer. He ran volunteer calls for 10 to 12 years at Coopers before being hired.
“I got into fire and rescue as a volunteer and things escalated from there,” he said. “EMS came around and I applied for a job and was one of the first six that was hired.”
Sherrod said he has seen a lot during his years working with Nash EMS but added that not all has been bad.
“I’ve seen a lot of disasters throughout my years and I’ve seen a lot of good years,” Sherrod said. “I have had calls with young people that kind of touch my heart. And then I’ve had calls with the elderly that touch me.”
Sherrod said he has helped deliver seven babies during his career.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than bringing a new life into this world,” he said. “It’s had its good times and its had its bad times.”
At Sherrod’s retirement party, supervisors said Sherrod was the kind of employee they could always count on.
“What I appreciate the most, I never had to worry about whether he’d be there,” said Scott Strufe. “He was always there.”
“I appreciate his honesty, his dedication and his always being there,” Strufe added.
Sherrod said retirement wasn’t an easy decision but one he felt was right for him.
“The older you get the harder it gets to run a 24-hour shift,” he said. “There’s a lot of young people thriving to get in the business. They want to get in the business of helping people also. “
Sherrod said he’ll miss his time with Nash EMS and said he may come back and work part-time. But for now, he has some fun things he’d like to do.
“I’m going to do a lot of fishing and riding a motorcycle,” he said.
Sherrod said he will definitely continue to volunteer with Coopers, which he has done for 39 years. Sherrod’s son and grandson also volunteer with Coopers.
“It was the most exciting time of my life, I do believe and one of the most rewarding times of my life, helping somebody when they are in a time of need,” Sherrod said of his service to Nash County. “It’s just fulfilling, something that your heart desires to do.”
“Over the years I’ve really and truly enjoyed it,” he added.
Pictured (Above): RETIREMENT –– John Sherrod was recently honored at a retirement ceremony in his honor. Pictured (L-R) is: George Winstead, Director of Emergency Medical Services, John Sherrod and Brian Brantley, Director of Emergency Services. (Graphic photos by Amanda Clark)