CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – Members of the Montgomery and BACH County EMS team were recognized last week at the county’s main EMS station for their assistance during an incident in Fort Campbell.
Col. Andrew Jordan, Commanding Officer of Fort Campbell Garrison, and Col. Vincent Myers, Commanding Officer of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH), presented awards to first responders.
Certificates, coins and medals were presented to EMS County Lt. Dustin Haas, EMS County Lt. Chris Turner, County Paramedic Ernie Schmidt, and Tennessee Wildlife Agency Officer Joe Campbell in thanks for their assistance in locating a soldier who drowned in a quarry at Fort Campbell in September 2021.
“We mourned the loss of this hero and worked with our community partners to remove his body and give him the honorable burial he deserved. There are times when we need our community’s help, and there are times when they need our help. I am grateful that we have strong partnerships in our surrounding communities,” Jordan said.
Acknowledgments were also presented to County Paramedic Joe Farley, County AEMT Alex Wood and Dustin Blankenship, Jeff Martin, Kim Burr and Josh Maynard of the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital EMS Team for their efforts on morning of May 11, 2022, when weather conditions resulted. during a mass casualty event during a ruck march to Fort Campbell.
Members of the Fort Campbell team who were unable to attend the presentation and who are also receiving awards are Sgt. Qingjie Wang, Bobbi Trogden, Marc Rogers and Dennis Scales.
Col. Jordon described the training as the toughest 10-day course in the Army that culminates in a 12-mile march carrying a 35-pound backpack after nine days of intense exercise.
“On the tenth day, the weather changed from mild to abnormally hot and humid. The soldiers did not have a chance to acclimatize to the change, which could have had serious consequences. Thanks to quick and proper action by BACH and Montgomery County EMS, all of our soldiers left training unharmed,” Col. Jordan said.
Colonel Myers added: “EMS is near and dear to my heart. Being a paramedic was my first job after school in the small town where I grew up in Pennsylvania. EMS staff save lives every day and we appreciate that.
Montgomery County Mayor Durrett also congratulated the recipients for their work in the community and with our heroes at Fort Campbell.