Linda Patschke Named Citizen of the Year
Linda Patschke, who has been a volunteer for the Lexington EMS for more than 32 years, was selected by the Homecoming Committee of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce as this year’s Citizen of the Year. The committee, made up of chamber members from all over the community, agreed unanimously that this honor was “long overdue,” as Linda has served our area selflessly for all of her adult life.
Her son, Curtis, who was selected as Citizen of the Year in 2010, said, “For as long as I can remember, my mom encouraged my sister and me to be givers, rather than takers. Her example was exemplified by her walk, as well as her talk.”
While no longer holding an officer’s position in the Lexington EMS, Linda still serves as a volunteer with the organization and is often one of the EMT’s rushing out to help at the scene of an automobile accident or at the home of someone taken ill or hurt.
When asked if she plans to retire from her volunteer services with the EMS, she simply says, “Not yet. I still feel responsible to help this community and that is what I intend to keep doing.”
Linda is married to Charles, who retired from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Her daughter, Robyn Elbrich, is a neonatal Registered Nurse, and her son, Curtis, is the District Technology Director of Lexington Independent School District.