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Oldest active EMT in Illinois still on the job in Brown County

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CAMP POINT, Ill. (WGEM) -

The oldest active EMT in the state of Illinois is serving right here in the Tri-States.

85-year-old Josephine Burkey with the Brown County Ambulance Service was presented with a service award today.

Burkey works on the basic life support ambulance helping take care of patients and is still on call 80-plus hours a week.

Burkey was on the first ambulance run in Brown County in 1974.

She says she's glad she still gets to help people every single day.

"I just enjoy doing it. I always wanted to be a nurse and I did graduate as an LPN when I was 47 years old. Then I went and worked at the hospital in Rushville and retired from there. But I just kept this up," said Burkey.

Burkey was honored at the Camp Point golf course during the annual emergency responders golf outing celebrating EMS week.

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