(WBIR, Knoxville) - Rural/Metro honored one of their own Tuesday as part of the 40th anniversary of EMS week.
A training room at the Rural/Metro headquarters in Knox County was dedicated to Ronnie Patterson, who died last year.
Patterson was one of the original members of the EMS service, and he taught hundreds of emergency responders for more than three decades. Throughout his career, Patterson helped operations in Knox, Blount, Loudon, and several other east Tennessee counties. His students say he'll have a lasting impact inside and out of his field.
Patterson's family was also there for the ribbon cutting, including his son, who is now following in his footsteps.
"It means a tremendous amount. I'm here full time as a paramedic and full time for Karns Fire Department so we are in and out of here quite a bit. So I'll get to see it quite often actually so it means a lot to me and seeing it will be very touching," said Nathan Patterson.
His son says the room was the last one his father did training in, and he hopes it keeps his father's legacy alive.