Archive for March, 2015

John E. Derrick – Dispatcher for LifeNet and Lifemobile

John Deffick

John E. Derrick, age 61, of Hot Springs, died Monday, March 23, 2015.

He was born on March 1, 1954 in Hobbs, New Mexico. On October 2, 1987, he was married to Marsha Johnson. He was preceded in death by his father, Pat Derrick; and his mother and step-father, Sarah and Drex Sade.

John was a member of Harvey’s Chapel Baptist Church. He worked for many years as a dispatcher for the Hot Springs Police Department, the Garland County Sheriff’s Office, Lifemobile and LifeNet.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Derrick; one son, Wesley Derrick; two daughters and one son-in-law, Beth and David Maxie and Mary Derrick; two step-sons and step-daughters-in-law, Dr. Shane Sparks and Dr. Deborah Moss and Ben and Yvonne Sparks; four grandchildren, Blake Sparks, Brooke Sparks, Emma Sparks and Zach Sparks; and one sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and David Anderson.

Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs with Bro. Buddy Leamons and Bro. Joe Thompson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until service time on Thursday.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Mukesh Sharma, Bob Radley, Steve Ward, Travis Hall and his Sunday school class at Harvey’s Chapel Baptist Church

Vital Link’s Shamlyn Lyman Honored as Arkansas “Star of Life”

2015 Shamlyn and James Sturch - Copy

To read the Press Release click on the link below;

2015 Star of Life – Shamlyn Lyman

American Income Life – Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit

Dear AEMTA Members,

American Income Life is proud to work with the members of your EMT association and offer a $3,000 accidental death and dismemberment benefit at no cost to you or your association.

Our team will be contacting those of you who expressed interest in our programs by filling out your beneficiary card. Once they meet with you and your family, they will deliver your AD&D certificate, your Child Safe kits, enroll you in our Health Services Discount program (optional), and perform a no cost insurance needs based analysis. The needs based analysis will help determine what you need to best protect your family.

We are proud of the work we do to protect working families, especially here in the state of Arkansas. I am the public relations representative for Arkansas and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


Sarah Thomson Dufrechou
American Income Life
Public Relations Arkansas/Tennessee
Cell: (205) 799-8449

From the Desk of the Chaplain

Have you ever been in a situation when your EMS radio could not reach dispatch or your cell phone has no service? You feel kind of disconnected, vulnerable, and alone. You are cut off from your medical director, from backup and other means of support. You are as alone as if on a deserted island cut off from everyone. When you are out of touch fear can start building up and you start seeing trouble everywhere. The patient will appears to be in a worse condition, the ambulance motor will start to act up, and your confidence in your care will start to waver. You are truly in distress! I have been there when I felt as if I was all alone, on my own, facing my troubles and short comings. The good news is you are truly never alone. The Psalmist described it best when he stated we have a God that hears us in the middle of our trouble.

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Stay safe and be blessed!

K C Jones, NRP

2015 EMT Instructor Society Retreat

AEMTA Spring Fling 2015


Due to statewide travel issues, the AEMTA Board has cancelled Spring Fling. Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

If CEU hours are needed, you are invited to the Midwest First Responder Conference. March 20-22 in Eureka Springs. All paid attendees will be refunded within the week to your credit card. Thank you and be safe out there.

A word from our Chaplain – K.C. Jones


As health care professionals, we see bodies that are old and worn out, broken by trauma, or the senseless actions of others. These can stay with us, lingering, hidden in our mind until a sight, a smell or something causes the feelings to flood back. These calls touch us in ways we don’t see until later and that is ok! We are taught not let these emotions restrict our actions on the scene or while we care for our patients, but when the call is over we need to take time to decompress, unwind, and relax. We need to find a confidant, someone with whom we can share our feelings without violating HIPAA. You can do this, we must do this. You always have one person in whom you can share and that is God. Some of us can take our feelings or emotions and bury them deep in our mind. Like cities that take trash and put into landfills covering it up; the trash is still there. Are we doing the same thing with our disturbing calls? We must seal the landfills of our mind with the gift we find in the solace of God’s strength. The bible states it this way…
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

Stay safe and be blessed.

AEMTA Symposium & Trade Show

Heat Illness Panel -3

Eureka Springs EMS & First Responder Conference – Update

Eureka FD Logo

Weather is going to be great this weekend for Conference. Come join us in Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs Fire & EMS is proud to once again host the annual Eureka Springs EMS and First Responder Conference. This conference is a special four day event designed for those who serve in any fire & EMS response capacity. The conference events are geared for basic to advanced EMS personnel and for firefighters. This year the conference team is placing special emphasis on pediatrics.

UPDATE – Pediatric International Trauma Life Support Class EMRs/EMT or Medics Saturday starting at 0900 just after Dr. Maxson’s presentation. Only $25.00 for certification. 7 CEUs

This year the event will kick off with pre-conference classes on Thursday, March 19. See website below for pre-conference classes. The regular conference starts on Friday, March 20 and lasts through Sunday, March 22, 2015. The conference is being held at the Eureka Springs Conference Center, 207 West Van Buren Avenue, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Did we mention that the cost of the conference is a whole $25.00? That’s right, just $25.00 for three days chock full of CEU’s and great classes. There’s hands-on, lecture, special speakers, unique topics and more! Please see our website at for registration and conference information. Don’t forget the EMT Competition. Winners get a tour in the Mercy Lifeline helicopter Saturday.

The conference hotel is the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks which is located next to the convention center. Motel arrangements can be made through their website or by phone at 1-800-552-3785. Don’t forget to tell them you are attending the First Responder Conference to get the conference rate!

Don’t forget that Eureka Springs is an awesome tourist town. From history to social life, there are many exciting many unique ways to have a blast in our little town. So, come for the fun, the education, the social events, the credit hours, and have a great time at the conference!

Bob Pettus
479-531-8876 or 479-253-9616

For more information and to Register click here
2015 EMS & FRC Flyer 1 2015

Conference agenda:
Presentations 2015

EMR Con Schedule 3-6-15 4_15 P.M.


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