Boyle County celebrates National EMS Week

Published 4:45 pm Wednesday, May 19, 2021

May 16 – 22, 2021 is National Emergency Medical Services Week and Boyle County Fiscal Court is proud to recognize and honor Boyle County EMS. 

“The Boyle County Fiscal Court and I extend our most heartfelt gratitude to our Boyle County Emergency Medical Services department during National Emergency Medical Services week,” said Howard Hunt, Boyle County Judge Executive.

In 1994, then Boyle Judge-Executive Tony Wilder worked to implement a countywide Division of Emergency Medical Service System. In 1994, ordinance 370.0 established a merger of all five presently existing separate agencies into one new department, EMS. “The foresight of then-Judge Tony Wilder’s work to professionalize EMS has given Boyle County citizens a valuable service that has saved lives,” said Judge Hunt.

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EMS Director Mike Rogers shares, “We have had four CPR saves this year alone,” meaning upon arrival of EMS, four people showed no pulse or breathing. EMS staff were able to perform lifesaving CPR. “That’s four families who get to enjoy their loved one because of our professional EMS personnel,” said Rogers.

In the face of the challenges of Covid-19, EMS providers have selflessly taken on new roles and increased workloads as we deal with a global pandemic. Judge Hunt states, “Our Boyle County Emergency Medical Services personnel constantly show up to work bringing their commitment to excellent service, a personal dedication to providing the best possible medical expertise, and compassion for life during unprecedented challenges. Boyle County Emergency Medical Services provide our families and neighbors with a lifeline to medical care that is recognized widely as one of Kentucky’s best.”

Kentucky Counties are not required to provide Emergency Services, and communities are facing challenges in how to afford an EMS department.

Judge Hunt concludes, “Rest assured that our great EMS personnel never rest on their accomplishments but strive to be better at their skills each and every day because they know the need to be at their best every time they get a call.  I ask that if you see our great EMS personnel throughout your day please recognized them for their service to us all.”

Boyle County EMS employs 23 full-time employees and operates on a 24/7 schedule. Currently, employees are scheduled on a 24 hour rotation.