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Mike Cottrell named EMS director

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By Ron Benningfield

 Pat Helm, director of emergency medical services, tendered his resignation to LaRue Fiscal Court last week with an effective date of Dec. 31.

Helm, with 30 years experience in the EMS field, had retired as director in 2009, but returned to that position several months later. The first paramedic in LaRue’s EMS history, he told the court in the letter that he was resigning to spend more time with his family.  

Magistrates named Mike Cottrell as part-time EMS director. 

A paramedic for more than 20 years, Cottrell, who lives in the Parker Grove section of Magnolia, served as supervisor for 10 years with Hardin County’s EMS, according to LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner.

 “We feel with his experience, Mike will do an effective job as director,” said Turner.

Cottrell begins duties Jan. 1 and plans to work about 20 hours per week – although he noted he will be on call “24-7.” He will assist on ambulance runs.

He retired from Hardin County EMS in October, where he began work in 1990. He started his career with LaRue County EMS in 1988. 

“It’s good to be back home,” he said.

Cottrell is familiar with many of the current employees having met them through local connections or his work in Hardin County.

“We want to offer the best quality of service that’s possible to LaRue County,” he said. 

He and his wife Dianna have been married 22 years. They have two children, Ashley, 16, and Turner, 14.

Editor Linda Ireland contributed to this story.