First Responder SocietyI want to wish all my EMS family a Happy New Year, and I hope that we as a EMS family can make 2011 shine. For those of you that were unable to make it to the 2010 state EMS conference, you missed a great time with our family and some good educational classes.

In 2009, Dwayne Aalseth was elected as a state officer and had to resign as the Medical Responder (First Responder) president, and I was given the chance to finish out his year as president. I enjoyed it and learned alot that our Society does that people are not even aware of. At the Society meeting at conference I was elected to served as the new president for the next 2 year term, and I want to say a special thanks to all in that meeting that elected me to this position. Thanks for having the faith in me to do this society a good job, and I will put my all into my position.

For those of you that are not aware of the medical responder certification, a group of members is working on with the state legislature to try and get medical responders certified. It is going to be a tough battle, but we are willing to stand up and fight for our responders. Medical responders are very much appreciated but not always given the credit they should be given, and we are hoping to get that changed soon. If you have any questions about this certification or just want to give me your input on the issue, feel free to contact me by phone at 870-759-2647 or e-mail at I am sure that Dwayne Aalseth or Keith Edmonds would also be willing to listen to your input and answer any questions you may have.

I am looking forward to working with the Society and the newly elected officers.

2011-2012 Officers:
President: Delinda Duckworth
Vice-President: Dwayne Aalseth
Secretary/Treasure: Melanie Davis
Pariamentarian: John Millwood
Member At Large: Debora Jenkins

1. Suellyn Fry
2. Gene Ponder
3.Ruth Goodin-Shimp
4. Not filled
5. Penny Russell

Lets make 2011 conference and Medical Responder Society shine.

Delinda Duckworth