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Recalling Dr. G.E. Blaum with much appreciation

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Dear Editor:

I just had the opportunity to read the letter sent to you by Steve Siltman of the Logan County Paramedic Association. I couldn't agree with him more. 

I had the opportunity to sit under the direction of Dr. Blaum for many years as the supervisor of the paramedic system and later work with him again as the executive director of Logan Mason Mental Health Center. 

He taught me much about taking care of patients -- both their physical and emotional health.

Besides the direct health care he provided to the people of Logan County (and the enormous number of babies he brought into this world) -- he was the driving force behind the establishment of the paramedic system that has done so much to help people in health crisis. 

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Lincoln and Logan County had a paramedic system before Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur, Champaign and at the same time as Springfield. 

I don't know much about what has happened in the past few years, but I have known Dr. Blaum for many years and hope that we will all remember with fondness and respect what he has done to improve the lives of so many of us. 

I continue to pray for him on a regular basis and would invite others to do the same.

Craig Zastrow
Executive pastor
Central Christian Church, Beloit, Wis.

[Posted February 04, 2012]

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