Archive for June, 2009

Robert Galligher of Vital Link named 2009 Star of Life

Robert Galligher, 2009 Star of Life Recipient

Robert Galligher, 2009 Star of Life Recipient

Robert Galligher, Arkansas & NREMT-Paramedic #15484, one of eleven stars of life submitted, was chosen the 2009 Arkansas Star of Life by the Arkansas Ambulance Association. He represented Arkansas at the national Stars of Life in Washington, DC in May.

Robert became a paramedic sixteen years ago, graduating from North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas. He joined the Vital Link team on February 1, 2006 after a stellar 13 years at North Arkansas Medical Center EMS. Robert was soon given a chance to advance his career with an opportunity to become a Vital Link Clinical Supervisor. He eagerly accepted the challenge and the additional responsibilities at Vital Link’s Clinton base on September 1, 2006. He has devoted himself to representing Vital Link effectively and in forming working relationships with fire departments, the rescue squad, Ozark Health Medical Center and numerous other local agencies.

Robert is dedicated to EMS education and the advancement of Arkansas EMS. He serves as Vital Link’s Education Coordinator teaching annual refresher classes, as well as numerous continuous education classes. Robert is an American Heart Association Regional Faculty and participates fully in all American Heart activities.


Support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South while you shop

Need groceries? Want to support the Mid-South Chapter? Purchase groceries using a Schnuck’s or Kroger card obtained through the Mid-South Chapter office, and the stores will send a donation to the chapter. The more you shop, the more money to grant wishes! Kroger cards have a $5 fee, but are loaded with $5 for your first purchase. To get your card, please contact Ashley Clark at 901-692-9510 or (TN or MS) or Carissa Godwin at 501-376-9474 or (AR). Click here to view the press release for more details.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his  ream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 66 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 172,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®. If you know a child who could use our help, please call 800-264-9474.

New AEMTA board member feels calling to EMS

Donald Reed, emergency medical service director for Arkansas Methodist Medical Center

Donald Reed, emergency medical service director for Arkansas Methodist Medical Center

Donald Reed, Emergency Medical Service director for Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, said his interest in becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT) began as a teenager with a stint as a police explorer forwarding 911 calls to the ambulance service.

But the Florida native’s life took a different path after high school, and he worked in retail management until the mid-1990s, when he saw an ad for an EMT position.

“I always had an interest in public service,” he said. “I was already a firefighter, so I thought I’d try being an EMT.” After he completed his training, he joined Arkansas Methodist Medical Centers ambulance service as a part-time EMT in 1996. He began working full-time in 1999 as a triage paramedic in the emergency room.


Arkansas firefighters memorial headed for Little Rock

Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial

According to project chairman, Johnny Reep, the mission of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial is to honor the men and women of Arkansas who have died in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Arkansas.

The memorial will be built on the west side of the State Capitol in Little Rock. The site is reserved, the design is approved, however, no construction on capitol grounds can begin until full funding is achieved. The cost is $1.1 million dollars. As of June 6, 2009 they are short $280,000. The four statues are paid for at a cost of $307,170.

The statue will be moved to Hot Springs on June 20 where it will remain until early August. The memorial plaza will have a wall of honor, a 110-seat educational amphitheater for fire prevention, and the fountain base for the statues is in the corner. Continued

New challenger in first responder competition meets challenges head on — daily

Steven Tidwell, Watson Chapel Fire Department

Steven Tidwell, Watson Chapel Fire Department

Watson Chapel Fire and Rescue’s Steven Tidwell doesn’t consider his blindness to be a handicap, “It’s a challenge” he says. The valedictorian of Watson Chapel High School’s class of 2002 began his fire service career in February 2004, as the department’s dispatcher. In 2005, Steven went a step further and took a 6 week 1st responder class. With that in mind he has decided to compete in this year’s AEMTA first responder competition.

Born a mere 1.5 pounds and two months premature, his retinas were detached leaving him blind. From the time he was old enough to ride in a car and carry on a conversation, Tidwell developed a mental map of the Watson Chapel area. Continued

Air Evac EMS receives helicopter operator safety award

Air Evac EMS recently received Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) Operator Safety Award for 2008. The award recognizes the safe operation of helicopters by HAI regular members.

Air Evac EMS director of safety Dave Hardin said, “I congratulate our staff, and I appreciate the hard work and efforts of our crews in ensuring the safety of our crew members and those entrusted to our care.”

To qualify for the Operator Safety Award, a helicopter operator must have an accident rate of less than half the accident rate of the entire helicopter industry.