James Lawson “Jim” Spruiell, age 61 of Sulligent, AL passed away Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 in DeWitt, Arkansas.
Jim was born on June 26th, 1956 in Vernon, Alabama to Wilson Spruiell and Catherine Richards Spruiell. Jim attended Sulligent High School where he was a 1974 graduate. After graduating high school, he attended school at the University of North Alabama in Florence. During this time he achieved his Emergency Medical Technician Certification and later furthered his education and acquired his Paramedic License. His medical career began at Hellen Keller Hospital in Tuscumbia, AL. In 1984, he returned home to manage the family business the Sulligent Quick Freeze after the death of his father, Wilson. The Quick Freeze continued to flourish under his leadership and was one of the few local processing plants left. While managing a thriving business, Jim also spent many hours working as a volunteer for the North Lamar Rescue Squad where his love for emergency medicine continued to grow. Jim’s passion led him to pursue a full-time career in emergency medicine. Jim has worked within the North Mississippi Medical Center group for the past 25 years and 23 of those years serving in the aeromedical section, Care Flight. In 2000, he earned his Associate’s Degree in Registered Nursing and transitioned into the role of flight nurse. He was promoted to chief flight nurse in 2015 where he quickly excelled in the role that many have stated was his calling. Education was always a vital part of his professional life where he shared his knowledge and passion to others while acquiring many professional accreditations. Jim was also a national instructor and was known as an icon in the Emergency Medical Services community, but also as a renowned teacher. Jim had a passion to ensure that anyone in emergency medicine was trained to the best of their ability in order to give the care needed. He traveled all over the nation to educate the emergency medicine community ranging from EMR’s to Registered Nurses, as well as educate himself with any classes to help better prepare him and his colleagues.
Jim was also a member of the Freemasons. He was a 2nd degree black belt that was highly decorated in the sport. Jim enjoyed riding motorcycles from a very young age especially the last two years as Lisa had surprised him with a Harley Davidson Sportster. Of all things Jim was a loving Husband, Father, Poppa, Brother, Friend and Colleague. Everything he did in his life was for his family.
Jim Spruiell- Certified Flight Nurse, NREMT-P, CFRN, CTRN, CPEN, CEN, FP-C, CCEMT-P, PNCCT