Archive for December, 2016

The Christmas weeds

 The Christmas weeds

At this time of year we are all in a hurry, to get to parties, family gatherings or shopping for that perfect gift.  As EMS professionals, we are almost always in a hurry to get to the emergency, to eat our meal before the next call or finish our reports.  Things haven’t really changed much. When Jesus came the first time, everyone was in a hurry.  They were ordered by the Roman government to report to the town of their heritage for a census and pay their taxes.  The order had a date for them to be counted and pay.   I can just imagine that little town of Bethlehem packed with the descendants of King David.  I am sure when they arrived they were looking for this uncle or that aunt, searching for loved ones that they had not seen in years.   Gathering to discuss the census, purchasing food and securing lodging would have been high on the list of activities for these weary travelers.  It might have looked like a Black Friday of today!  Into this confusion came a young couple, not high on the social ladder, with a pregnant unwed woman.  Away from the resources that they needed, and no room, they settled for shelter in a stable.  Did the crowds notice?  I don’t think so, they were in the weeds.  Like the weeds that I have growing in my garden that blocks the beauty of the flowers, this crowd could not see the beauty in Jesus’ birth.  These weeds block our view of the people around us who are away from the resources they need for a good life.  Go to any store, watch the people and you can tell the ones hurting and rushing.  You can tell the ones who need your smile to brighten their day.  These people need what EMS provides every day, help for the hurting.  During this Christmas Season, get out of the weeds, look for the hurting and see the beauty that is around us.

God Bless and as always stay safe.



Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA)








Armed Forces Benefit Association


Vital Link EMS is a private, non-profit, public benefit corporation that provides emergency, non-emergency, and disaster response services to Independence, Izard, Stone, and northern Cleburne counties in north central Arkansas. Vital Link has been in operation since 1983 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services since 2003. Vital Link has a competitive salary and benefits package.

The Paramedic will Restore and Promote patients health by administering life support and transport the sick and injured persons in the out-of-hospital setting as authorized by established medical protocol or physician; activating and collaborating with the emergency medical system multidisciplinary team; meeting CAAS accreditation standards; and working to assure the accomplishment of Vital Link goals. The Paramedic shifts will mainly be 48 hours on and 96 hours off.


High School or equivalency diploma.

Arkansas Paramedic License; Nationally Registered Paramedic preferred.

Current CPR and ACLS certification with the American Heart Association.

Valid Arkansas Driver’s License.

Motor Vehicle Operators record which complies with Vital Link standards.

Must be 19 years of age.

Demonstrated ability in teamwork, communication, writing, and relating skills.

Go to to download application.

Submit applications to or mail applications to 1033 EMS Drive, Batesville, AR. 72501.

Jeffery Bruce Jones EMT#25488







February 7, 1959 – December 1, 2016

Jeffery Bruce Jones (57) of Conway, AR, born on February 7, 1959, left this earth on December 1, 2016, in Little Rock, AR.

In his personal life, Bruce was a loving husband to Linda and father to Adrian and Noah. When he married Linda, he determined that her boys were his as well. He loved his bonus sons Chris (Lori), Doug (Stephanie), and Greg (Meg), and was a devoted grandfather to his six granddaughters: Makenna, Claire, Kate, Lizzy, Eve, and Charlie. He was also a loving son to his mother, Carolyn Jones (deceased).

Bruce was involved in Boy Scouts, earned the Vigil Honor in Order of the Arrow, and was an Eagle Scout. While in scouts he served on staff of four Wood Badge advanced leader training courses, was Thunderbird District Commissioner, led training courses on the District and Council level, and spent many days staffing camps at Gus Blass Scout Reservation. He also received the Distinguished Commissioner Award, the District Award of Merit, and Silver Beaver Award. Besides scouting, Bruce was involved with local Ham radio organizations and previously held the position of Assistant Director of the American Radio Relay League.

In his professional life, he had been a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office, a volunteer firefighter serving as Captain and EMT-A/EMS Director with the Runyan Acres Fire Department, an EMT with MEMS, and spent 20 years as a radiographer at UAMS before ending his professional career as a radiographer at MedExpress in Conway, AR. In 2013 he was appointed by Gov. Beebe to the Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee for the State of Arkansas.

The red roses on the casket are in honor of Bruce’s wife Linda, his sons Adrian and Noah, and his six granddaughters.”