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On August 10, 2010, the Kentucky EMS Memorial Foundation LLC was registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State as a Non-Profit Limited Liability Company for the purpose of establishing a permanent physical Kentucky EMS Memorial.
     The Foundation created their first board on Sept. 8, 2011 and has selected Juniper Hills Park in Frankfort for the memorial's location. The board has been awarded IRS 501(c)(3) status as a tax exempt charitable company and has selected a design. The board is in the process of writing honoree selection criteria and developing fund raising efforts so that Kentucky can properly honor the men and women of Kentucky's EMS system who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty.
     The foundation's Board of Directors are:

  • Michael Poynter, representing the Kentucky Board of EMS
  • Eric Johnson, representing Supporting Heroes
  • Michael Sutt (Chair), representing the public sector
  • Randy Fathbruckner, representing the private sector
  • Shannon Adkins, representing citizen at large
  • [Vacant], representing Survivors
  • Dan Durham (Secretary), at-large representative
  • John Hultgren (Vice Chair), at-large representative
  • Scott Adkins, at-large representative

The National EMS Memorial is located at the To The Rescue Museum in Roanoake, Virginia. There, the Tree of Life memorializes those who have lost their lives in the unselfish performance of their duties saving others. Each spring the National EMS Memorial Service is held in Roanoke to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow men and women.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, in cooperation with the National EMS Memorial Service Board and the To The Rescue Museum, offers the National EMS Memorial Service Web Site as a tribute to the men and women of American's EMS systems who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty. This site lists the names and brief biographies of those individuals honored by the National EMS Memorial Service, and is an electronic mirror of the Tree of Life, the permanent memorial exhibit housed at the museum. The biographies presented there are the same ones that appear in the EMS Memorial Book.

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve everyday, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.

In this space we specifically honor EMS providers from Kentucky who have died in the line of duty, have met the National EMS Memorial Service criteria, and have been approved by the National EMS Memorial Service Board for recognition.

Kentucky honorees, National EMS Memorial Service

Awaiting nomination:

  • Herman "Lee" Dobbs, Air Evac Lifeteam 109, Manchester, Kentucky. June 6, 2013.
  • Billie J. Grills, Carter County EMS, Grayson, Kentucky. November 11, 1986
  • Jesse Jones, Air Evac Lifeteam 109, Manchester, Kentucky. June 6, 2013.
  • Eddy Sizemore, Air Evac Lifeteam 109, Manchester, Kentucky. June 6, 2013.