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Montgomery County EMS improves communication with mobile hot spots
The Leaf Chronicle - 04/13/11
Training Grant Allows for Continuous Education at Montgomery County EMS
Edwards Selected as Chief
Jimmie Edwards, a state EMS consultant, has been hired as chief of Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services.
County Mayor Carolyn Bowers made the announcement this afternoon. Edwards replaces Wes Klein, who retired as EMS director on Aug. 10.
Edwards, who will start at EMS on Oct. 4, has been the Region 5 consultant for the state Department of Health’s EMS Division.
According to a news release, Edwards has an associate degree of applied science from Volunteer State Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay State University. He also has a masters degree from Lorenz University in Wilmington, Del.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Montgomery County EMS and look forward to working with the community and my public safety colleagues,” Edwards said in the release. “I am enthusiastic about this chance to lead such a group of professionals and appreciate the mayor’s confidence in my abilities.”
EMS Recognized with Award
Tuesday, May 11th Montgomery County EMS and Vanderbilt LifeFlight accompanied by one of their survivors, three year old Mikaya Trice and her family, drove to Nashville to be recognized at the Star of Life Awards Ceremony presented by Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children. The ceremony presented actual patient scenarios and reunited the EMS caregivers with the individuals they treated from the eight EMS regions across the state.
Region 5 Award Winners - Montgomery County EMS & Vanderbilt LifeFlight
- Don Woods, EMT-P
- Eric Justice, EMT-P
- Lt. Danny Cotterell, EMT-P
- Tina Cook, E-911 Dispatcher
- Martha Ransom, E-911 Dispatcher
- Justin Bailey, Police Officer
- Sgt. David Jones, Police Officer
- Rob Davidson, EMT-P
- Beverly Gaskin, EMT-IV
- Gary Santora, FF-First Responder
- Ben Workman, FF-First Responder
- Diane Allen, RN-EMT
- Captain Gary Perry, EMT-P, MCEMS
- Lis Henley, RN-EMT
Clarksville Police and Fire were dispatched, along with Montgomery County EMS in early April 2009 for a small child that was choking. The crew arrived on the scene to find a two year old child unresponsive and not breathing. Air was unable to enter Mikaya’s lungs due to a popcorn kernel that could not be dislodged. They quickly thought of another solution and a tube was inserted to push the popcorn down and get air into her lungs. The child was taken to Gateway Medical Center and was later transferred to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt by the Montgomery County EMS and Vanderbilt Lifeflight members. Mikaya Trice is now a thriving three year old.
Hightower Selected Paramedic of Year
Congratulations to Terri Hightower, Paramedic with the Montgomery
County Emergency Medical Services, for being selected for the Larry
Griffin Paramedic of the Year Award at the Tennessee Ambulance Service
Association’s Annual Conference.
Terri was chosen from numerous nominations of deserving Paramedics from across Tennessee.