CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Volunteers, including students at the College of Charleston, were honored Tuesday for their work as unpaid emergency workers at CofC's Fire and Emergency Services Department.The school's EMS program was started in 1995 by two students after their friend died in a dorm room waiting for county EMS to arrive. The department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Recently the group, part of the Division of Student Affairs, was named the Collegiate EMS organization of the year, an honor the Charleston County EMS director is proud of."That's a tremendous statement to the passion they have for the work that they do and to the leadership that leads it and to the students that jump on board," said Charleston County EMS Chief Don Lundy. "It's a tremendous statement."The college's EMS program uses state of the art equipment and a full service ambulance to get patients from campus to local hospitals.Volunteers often go on to work for Charleston County EMS.To learn more about the program, click here.