By CLINT FOSTER
Being an emergency room doctor can be a thankless job. The hours are long and often late at night, the jobs are difficult and there’s no place like an ER to see some of the craziest things this side of an episode of one of television’s many hit hospital shows.
But last week, one local ER doctor’s service went anything but unnoticed.
Dr. John Jones, ER director and Chief of Staff at Palo Pinto General Hospital, received the Hal’s Heroes Award from famous WBAP radio personality Hal Jay for the doctor’s exemplary service. He was honored at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 11, along with multiple 9-11 first responders, because of the profound impact he has had on the community, especially Jay.
About seven years ago, Jay was at Possum Kingdom Lake when he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to PPGH for treatment. Jones and his emergency staff took care of Jay, giving him medicine to bust his clot, and sent him to Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth where he made a full recovery. Jay has not forgotten that day in Palo Pinto County.
“Dr. Jones was the first doctor I saw. I’ll never forget that day or his face,” Jay said. “As far a I can remember, him and his staff were spot on with what they needed to do. [They] got me stabalized... and he and the entire staff kind of held my hand and reassured me through all of it.
“When the Hal’s Heroes promotion came up at WBAP, our promotions department wanted to know if I had a personal hero. Dr. John Jones came immediately to mind. Without hesitation, I called him to see if he would be interested in a day of recognition at Texas Motor Speedway.”