Representatives from AMR ambulance service provided an update at the Monday Johnson County Commissioners Court meeting. The county contracts with AMR for service. 

Officials detailed stepped up cleaning and disinfecting measures undertaken by the company to combat COVID-19 and announced that, even though their contract with the county doesn’t require such, they plan to replace to replace their ambulances servicing the county next year.

Operations Manager Vernon Wickliffe spoke of AMR’s commitment to community service and outreach and highlighted a recent example of teamwork involving AMR officials, the sheriff’s office and the Liberty Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.

A deputy, Liberty Chapel firefighters and AMR Medic 175 responded in July to an unconscious person call, which was changed en route to CPR in progress. JCSO Deputy Martinez arrived first and took over CPR. Liberty Chapel firefighters arrived next and prepared the automatic external defibrillator but, after shock was not advised by the AED, continued CPR.

AMR crew members arrived and began advanced life support treatment while waiting on a helicopter to transport the patient. Thanks to the efforts of all involved, the patient regained a pulse and began to respond before the helicopter departed the scene, Wickliffe said. The patient was transported to a hospital where he was treated and released a few days later.

The first responders involved all received the Medical Director Lifesaving Award during a recent Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 meeting, Wickliffe said.

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