Hearing set for Hardin EMS complaint

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By Marty Finley

A hearing has been scheduled to consider a complaint filed by Elizabethtown resident Richard Leal against Hardin County Emergency Medical Services.

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services’ preliminary inquiry board will review the complaint during a 10 a.m. meeting Aug. 12 at its Lexington office, according to Deputy Executive Director Charles O’Neal.

Separate complaints filed by Leal against former EMS Director Ira Dyer and former EMS shift supervisor James Miller are tentatively scheduled for review by the board in October, but no date has been set, O’Neal said.

Leal asked the agency to launch an independent investigation of the two men after they were suspended from their positions. Both resigned in early May. The suspensions came in the midst of an internal investigation by Hardin County government after concerns were raised, according to Judge-Executive Harry Berry.

Berry and Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham have declined to discuss the details of the investigation or disclose the county’s findings on the matter.

Leal said he filed the complaint in an attempt to hold the county and the two men accountable for their actions.

In his complaint, Leal alleged Dyer and Miller are allowed to pursue other employment in the EMS field without repercussions. Dyer and Miller have denied wrongdoing.

When Leal filed the complaint, Berry said KBEMS has an obligation to take complaints seriously even if there is no basis for them. Berry has said he does not believe KBEMS has authority over county personnel matters.

Leal previously filed a complaint with the state board against Hardin County EMS in 2012, alleging his daughter, Lizbeth, was injured when an EMT carried her over his shoulder into an ambulance. The department agreed to institute new training procedures and the case was resolved.

Miller is employed by LaRue County EMS as a part-time paramedic.