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February slow month for ambulance

By Marissa E. Lane, Staff Writer

The numbers from Spirit Medical Transport for February were surprising after an eventful start to the year. President and CEO of Spirit Medical Brian Hathaway said at the Union County Commissioners meeting on Monday, March 5, that the number of dispatches was down by about 20 since January. The best news, however, was that after seven overdoses in the last 10 days of January alone, Spirit Medical Transport only responded to two likely overdose cases in the entire month of February. Overall, it seems that Union County had a healthier month in February.

The Liberty ambulances have now stocked the 24 doses of Narcan they received from a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. According to Hathaway, they are in the first-out bags of both ambulances and ready for any potential drug overdose call.

Hathaway also mentioned that Spirit Medical Transport would be hosting another EMT class for anyone interested in becoming a full-time EMT for Spirit starting April 3 and going through the end of May. Scholarship applications for the course have been extended through Monday, March 12 and can be found at

At their meeting, commissioners also:

• discussed the information they received about the temperature controls in the courthouse. After receiving a $12,000 quote to survey the current temperature control system, the commissioners agreed to find a second opinion. “I don't think $12,000 is necessary for a 'what-if,'” said Alan Alcorn.

• heard an update from Auditor Gene Sanford about House Bill 1263. There is a section of HB 1263 that would allow Union County to use funds from the courthouse renovation bond to work on the county jail, in tandem with three other counties with similar requests. The bill is still making its way through the legislature, and it seems to be going well.

• heard an update from Sheriff Dale Dishmond following the rumors of violence at Union County High School last week. School districts across the country have been dealing with threats of various degrees after the tragic Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland, Fla., and law enforcement has been taking it very seriously. Officers from the Union County Sheriff's Office and the Liberty Police Department have been at UCHS every day since the threat, and the district is looking into grants in order to employ a full-time resource officer at the school. “At the end of the day, we just want our kids to be safe,” said Dishmond.