Dr. Charles Akes

 
  • Dr. Akes was point man for the advancement of pre-hospital care in Highlands County
  • He brought the first Advanced Cardiac Life Support training in Highlands County
  • He established the first Paramedic-Advanced Life Support ambulance service

Dr. Charles Akes was the point man for the advancement of pre-hospital care in Highlands County as well as several other counties in Florida. 

He served as Co-EMS Medical Director officially from September 1984 until his death in October 1997.  He provided this service free for the first nine years, and received a small stipend in the later years. 

Not only was Dr. Akes instrumental in assisting Highlands County in establishing the first Paramedic-Advanced Life Support ambulance service, he also instructed many of the classes and training for the first Paramedic class.  He often allowed the students to use his own arm to practice as a teaching aid.  He also brought the first Advanced Cardiac Life Support training to Highlands County for doctors, nurses and paramedics. 

Dr. Akes dedicated his life to providing excellent patient care, and inspired others to be their best by his example.  His love for people was evident, and he was loved, admired and respected everywhere he went.  His life and work made a positive and enduring impact in Highlands County. 

Dr. Akes blended the coldness of modern technical medicine with the biggest heart of caring ever to beat inside a human chest.  He loved life and lived to serve others

 

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Roger Cooke Lake Placid Income Tax Service - 126 Dal Hall Boulevard 36 ft wide x 7 ft 6 in high The community of Highlands County Find the angel N/A 2002

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