Priority Ambulance helping those who cannot drive see family for holidays

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This Thanksgiving, a local family getting something extra to be thankful for. 

Edgar Mantooth lives in a nursing home because of his health. The Knoxville area resident can’t drive and picking him up isn’t easy. Priority Ambulance makes Edgar going home a priority by giving him a free ride. 

“The ability, we’re separate from our families on the holidays, the ability to bring folks together, families together, some who may have not been together in years is definitely rewarding for all of us. We see a lot in this field, to see some good is always a positive thing,” said Priority Ambulance paramedic Neal Stone. 

Andrea Mathis calls getting to see her dad — even for a few hours — a blessing. 

“This is the one time of year that he gets to be home and be with family and see new babies that have been born that he’s never seen, great-grandbabies and see his grand kids and all of his daughters,” she said.

With the help of those who serve others, Edgar is making memories again this Thanksgiving. 

“Thanksgiving was just always about the family getting together and yet he had a hand at making the dressing and help my mom do all of that,” Andrea Mathis said. 

Although he may not be helping make dressing this year, Edgar is with his wife in the kitchen again, all thanks to organizations like Priority Ambulance. 

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