Archive for October, 2019

Survival Flight EMS seeking Arkansas Certified EMTS, AEMTS and Paramedics

Survival Flight EMS will begin providing ground EMS services (911 and transfers) in and around Heber Springs, Arkansas beginning in November 2019.  We are seeking highly motivated and professional applicants to join our team.  If you are tired of simply working at a job and looking to build a career in EMS, with opportunities for advancement, then Survival Flight EMS is looking for you!  If you want to provide care with the best in equipment, protocols, vehicles, and training, we want to talk to you.  We are seeking Arkansas Certified EMTS, AEMTS and Paramedics.  Competitive pay with medical, optical, dental and a full complement of other benefits available.  Please send resumes to or visit to apply.

Thomas Keith Smith EMT# 29563

Thomas Keith Smith, 37, was born on December 27, 1981 in West Memphis. He died on October 12, 2019, hours after Mindy Harris died on the same day.

 He leaves to mourn his loss, his parents, Kay and Danny Smith of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas; his three sons, Bryan Steven Smith of Wynne, Arkansas, Kieran Alexandre Smith of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, and Hunter Farley of Marion, Arkansas, the son of Mindy Leigh Harris. He also leaves behind his brother, Jeremy Smith (Alex) of Marion, Arkansas; his paternal grandmother, Mary E. Smith of Hughes, Arkansas, as well as additional family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Patricia A. Woodward of Alabama, Tomiko Snyder of Georgia, Kenneth L. Snyder of Georgia and his paternal grandfather, Steven G. Smith.

 In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, East Arkansas Community College, Allied Health Scholarship Fund or Marion Paws Program.


Roller-Citizens Funeral Home

201 North Pine Street

West Memphis, AR 72301

10/19/2019 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Funeral Service

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel

201 Pine

West Memphis, AR 72301

10/19/2019 at 1:00 PM

Darren Wayne Cowley Arkansas EMT# 27369

Darren Wayne Cowley, 33, of Simms, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in De Kalb, Texas.

Darren was born August 28, 1986 in Texarkana, Texas to Robert DeWayne Cowley and Linda Gail Cowley. He was a Paramedic with LifeNet and an Instructor of Emergency Services for Texarkana College. He was a member of Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club and Avery First Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Dewie Davis and Lloyd and Sylvia Cowley; one son, Walter DeWayne Cowley; and one sister, Kaitlyn Hollowell.

He is survived by his wife, Taniesha Kennedy of Simms, Texas; his parents, Robert and Melanie Cowley of De Kalb, Texas and Linda Cowley of Avery, Texas; grandmother, Alma Davis of Avery, Texas; four sons, Cole Cowley of Lufkin, Texas, William Cowley of Lufkin, Texas; Wallace Cowley of Longview, Texas, and Jedediah Cowley of Longview, Texas; five daughters, Sylvia Cowley of Lufkin, Texas, Emma Bihary of Texarkana, Texas, Brayli Roberson of Longview, Texas, Rylee Ketchum of Simms, Texas and Hannah Ketchum of Simms, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, James Cowley and Lindsey Book of New Boston, Texas; one aunt and uncle, Theresa and Rocky Pierce of Shreveport, Louisiana; cousins Jessica and Dennis Williams of Shreveport, Louisiana; and numerous other family members and friends.

Services will be 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas with Rev. Harold D. Lambert and Bro. Bud Callaway officiating. Interment will follow at Old Union Cemetery in Simms, Texas.

Visitation will be held 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas.

Arkansas Tobacco Quitline Service is now called Be Well Arkansas.

You probably have heard the old statement from Benjamin Franklin that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Did you know the Arkansas Department of Health offers a new program called Be Well Arkansas to help your patients prevent heart attack and stroke? This can be part of your hospital discharge planning process to give out cards provided to you with information on the Be Well Arkansas program to your patients (particularly those who just had a stroke or heart attack) for how they may access these tools. These resources are aimed at improving your patients’ health including controlling blood pressure, managing diabetes and quitting using tobacco. If you are interested in receiving free cards to give to patients (see attachment #1) on the Be Well Arkansas program (seeattachment #1) just send an email with your request to adh.tpcp@arkansas.govand you will receive them!

By giving these cards to your patients, you will connect them with a large number of resources they can access from the state including:

·        1-800 Number – By calling the following number, patients can be connected with resources on not only quitting using tobacco, but also on blood pressure control and management of diabetes:1-833-283-WELL (see attachment #2)

·        Online – The following web site has various resources such including receiving help through online chat and accessing cell phone applications to help address health risk

·        Lifestyle Coaches – These coaches are available in every region of the state to help patients eat healthy, be physically active, and manage stress

·        Hypertension Nurse Managers – Some local health units have care managers to help manage high blood pressure

·        Medication Therapy Management (MTM) – Many pharmacies offer the MTM program to help make sure patients are getting the best results out of medicines  for conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes

If you have any questions please let me know. Or you can reach out to Alicia Neppl, ADH Cessation Section Chief, who is an expert on these resources  Best, Dave

p.s. If you click here you will see a 2 minute TV news story on the Be Well Arkansas program:

David A. Vrudny, CPHQ, MPM, MPH(c)

Section Chief, Stroke and STEMI

Arkansas Department of Health

4815 West Markham Street, Slot #14

Little Rock, AR  72205-3867

(501) 661-2096 (office)

(501) 786-6018 (cell)

(501) 280-4207 (fax)


Be Well Postcard – English – rev 4.15.19

One-Pager – English – Be Well One Pager