First Responders Communication

By Kelly Gordon -
President, Skidaway Island First Responders

My kids always have told me I should have been a police officer. I’m a “true blue” rule follower. I was that kid who did what my parents asked. I respected authority (still do), and I worked tirelessly to instill these same values in my own kids.

I simply can’t wrap my head around the fact that others consciously don’t follow basic traffic laws and practice due regard for others. I’ve written before about stop signs and golf cart safety. It has to be the focus once again in this month’s article.

As medical First Responders, we see a gamut of things on this island. Some medical emergencies are minor, and others are more serious. We respond quickly and handle each patient with respect and dignity. It’s. Our. Job.

Recently, I was driving home after a nice dinner and noticed a small child driving a golf cart. She was gripping the steering wheel tightly with a huge smile on her face. The adult next to her seemed relaxed and comfortable with this dynamic. I, on the other hand, was horrified. A golf cart is a vehicle.

Less than a week later, we had two golf cart accidents on the island. It is dangerous to let a child drive a golf cart. If adults can be ejected from them and be experienced drivers, imagine what can happen to a child with little to no experience and NO Driver’s License. Please don’t carry a child in your lap while operating a vehicle, and most definitely do not let them drive one.

Stop Signs. Where do I begin? It is a problem on this island. If you’re reading this and know that you’re guilty of sliding through the four-way stop at the gate, the one leaving Midpoint, or even the ones golf cart drivers are supposed to use, please, please, please, STOP! We are an island filled with young children and elderly people. Their reaction time is slower, and by not stopping at stop signs, you risk hitting, hurting, and possibly killing someone.

Life is precious. Our incredible team of First Responders spend every single day saving lives. We do not take this lightly. We want to make sure EVERYONE in our community contributes to the safety of our neighbors. It takes a village, right?

Slow down. Stop at those red signs that say, “STOP”, and treat your golf cart like you treat your car -- secure your children safely on the seat and don’t let them take the wheel. You don’t want to look back in hindsight and think, “If only I heeded the First Responders’ words, my child would be okay.”

Thank you for your continued support of the Skidaway Island First Responders. We are honored to serve this beautiful community!









Kelly Gordon
President, Skidaway Island First Responders