More Volunteer EMS Workers in Pike County Thanks to Citizen and Government Efforts

By Margaret Allen
The number of volunteers for Emergency Medical Services in Pike County has substantially increased over the past year, supported by funding assistance through the Greater Pike Community Foundation. Emergency Management Director Tim Knapp provided an update for last week's Pike County Commissioners meeting on volunteers getting trained and registered for emergencies, including 16 Medical Technicians and 14 Medical Responders. Funding for the training was propelled by Shohola resident Bill Lovejoy, who was injured in December 2019 and no EMS was immediately available. He contacted the Pike County Commissioners with a financial contribution to help rectify the situation and they collaborated with Attorney Jason Ohliger and the Community Foundation. The result, as Attorney Ohliger explains, came together to fill the need.

Ohliger: "It really is an amazing thing because it is a true public-private partnership arrangement that we have here. Without Bill's donation, the original identification of the problem, the Commissioners having access to the training center, and being the real vehicle for moving these funds. And of course the Greater Pike Community Foundation for actually creating and managing the fund. Without any one of these components this would not work the way that it is working."

Additionally, dozens have also completed classes in CPR, First Aid, and Blood Bourne Pathegens, and there's now a waiting list for the EMT session in the fall.