We loathe the term "fake news."
Why? Because it's overused by sensitive politicians who simply don't like negative information about their administration reaching the masses.
That being said, there are issues that become stories and even we roll our eyes.
Case in point -- last week a radio station in Louisville somehow got a hold of a social media post made in December by a member of the Somerset-Pulaski EMS touting an award he was given at the annual Christmas party.
Paramedic Brandon Wood was given the "Buzz Kill Award" and made a post on Facebook showing it off. Wood was honored for being the individual to administer the most Narcan to overdose patients.
Somerset-Pulaski EMS Chief Steven Eubank said that Wood had additionally posted a message stating that the heroin epidemic is a significant issue, and that he was honored to get the award for helping people.
Yet, somehow, people were offended.
Perhaps they never got past the award's name. Perhaps they didn't really look at the post closely enough.
Who knows why people were upset. But they were.
We live in an era where people look to be outraged -- and sometimes the outrage is just silly.
Nevertheless, "some people were offended by the (award's) title," acknowledged Eubank, who recalled "one or two negative comments" made on Wood's post.
"I was made aware of this and told (Wood) some people could see this and think it's inappropriate, so he took it down," said Eubank.
Yet somehow, months later, it became an issue in Louisville last week. Keep in mind Louisville is a town with one of the highest crime rates in America. Oh yeah, and it's Derby weekend.
They didn't have anything else to talk about at WLKY? Go figure.
The gist is this -- many of the awards given out by Somerset-Pulaski EMS at their Christmas Party have silly little names.
But the significance of Wood's achievement was never a joke to local first-responders.
"We're not celebrating because someone had a bad day; we're celebrating because someone did something appropriate for the patient," said Eubank.
The chief added, "I don't think people should be offended by the gist of the award. The fact is, the person issued a lot of narcotic reversal agent to people who needed it. So I think it was the title (that offended people). ... For people who have experienced the loss of family members due to the opioid epidemic, they could see it as making light of the situation even though we do not feel that way. We realize opioid addiction is a huge problem and have lots of training to make sure we are treating opioid addiction properly."
We should all be thankful that our local first responders are so diligent in their duties.
They deserve a night to celebrate their accomplishments and blow off a little steam.
The winner of the "Buzz Kill Award" is a hero and a life-saver -- literally.
So lighten up a little.
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