1972-1973- During the latter part of 1972 and the early part of 1973, the Stokes County Board of County commissioners held several meetings with local rescue squad representatives, funeral directors and community leaders regarding the establishment of a county-wide emergency medical service.

April 2, 1973—The Stokes County Board of County Commissioners appoint members to the EMS

Council. This council was charged with developing a plan for the EMS system for Stokes County.

July 11, 1973—The Stokes County Board of County Commissioners appropriate $150,000.00 for

Emergency Medical Services for the Fiscal Year ‘73-’74.

November 5, 1973—Tony Culler is appointed Director.

February 15, 1974—Bids are opened for four (4) Type I Ambulances. Low bids for four (4) one-ton

chassis was $17,413.84 by Plunkett Chevrolet. Emergency Equipment, Inc. was the low bidder for four (4)

modules to be built and placed on the chassis for $37,956.00.

April 1, 1974—Employees for Stokes County EMS begin orientation. Original employees were:

Carlis Bullins, Donnie Culler, Lester Fulk, Ricky Hughes, Archie Mabe, Randy Morgan, Arnold Nelson, Drexdal Pratt, Wayne Pruitt, Otha Shelton, Russell Slate, Jim Southard, Wayne Tilley, Bob Wiles, and Ray Wilson.

April 8, 1974—Employees for Stokes County EMS begin EMT Class at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. The class was taught by Dr. Fred Glass, Dr. L.W. Stringer and Butch Granaman. After certification, the employees work a 24-24 schedule. They assist with the building of ambulance bays and local rescue squads when needed.

December 30, 1974—The Stokes County Board of County Commissioners elect to give EMS employees a raise. EMS Attendants are now making $2.05 per hour. EMS Crew Chiefs and Dispatchers are making $2.15 per hour.

July 1976— Stokes County begins providing EMT-IV (Intermediate) level of service. Dr. Rudolfo Flores is the Program Medical Director.

December 29, 1976—The first Audit and Review Committee meeting is held at Stokes-Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

October 17, 1977—Ken Bishop is appointed Director.

January 2, 1979—The Stokes County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approve the Mobile Intensive Care Program.

November 1, 1979—Mobile Intensive Care class begins. Dr. F.R. (Bob) Glatz is the program Medical Director.

April 1, 1980—Don George is appointed Director.

March 16, 1981—Stokes County begins providing Mobile Intensive Care (EMT-P) level service.

 July 1, 1981—The position of Shift Supervisors is established and the supervisors are selected. The original shift supervisors were: Randy Morgan, Drexdal Pratt, and Ray Wilson.

August 26, 1983—Drexdal Pratt is appointed Director.

September 26, 1983— Sherrill Kiser is promoted to “B” Shift Supervisor.

August 7, 1984—Billy Whitson is promoted to Training Officer.

April 7, 1986—Veronda Pruitt is named Training Officer, replacing Billy Whitson.

December 14, 1987—Ricky Tuttle is appointed Director, replacing Drexdal Pratt, who resigned to take a regional coordinators position with the NC Office of EMS.

June 24, 1988—Monty Stevens is promoted to Training Officer, replacing Veronda Pruitt, who resigned to take a position with Stokes-Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

May 4, 1994—A fourth unit is added. This unit will operate at the EMT-Intermediate level and be on call Monday-Friday 7am-7pm. This unit will be stationed at the Pinnacle station.

November 28, 1997—Greg Collins is promoted to “A” Shift Supervisor, replacing Randy Morgan who recently retired.

June 1, 1998—Dr. F.R. (Bob) Glatz announces his retirement as Medical Director.

July 1, 1998—Dr. Edward Pollock, Jr. is appointed Medical Director.

August 1, 1999—Stokes County EMS begins computerized call reports. This is a regional project for Region I.

September 13, 1999—Unit 4 begins operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The unit will also be staffed and function at the EMT-P level.

September 1, 2000—Dr. Carl Beavers is appointed Medical Director.

April 30, 2003- Wayne Tilley retires with 30 years of service to Stokes County.

July 29, 2003-Ray Wilson retires with 30 years of service to Stokes County.

October 30, 2003- Thomas Gordon retires with 30 years of service to Stokes County.

December 2003- 12 lead EKG acquisition begins.

February 9, 2004– Monty Stevens is appointed Director, replacing Ricky Tuttle, who resigned to take an Area Coordinators position with the NC Division of Emergency Management.

February 20, 2004- Doug Bullins is promoted to “C-Shift Supervisor, replacing Ray Wilson.

March 30, 2004- Teddy Bennett retires with 30 years of service to Stokes County.

April 14, 2004- Brian Booe is promoted to Training Officer, replacing Monty Stevens.

December 30, 2004- Unit Five officially begins operations at 06:45 a.m. This brings the current level of operations to five fulltime units twenty-four (24) hours a day.

February 1, 2005- David Gordon retires after 30 years of service to Stokes County.

February 14, 2005 -Greg Collins is promoted to Assistant EMS Director.

March 14, 2005-  Charles Hartgrove is promoted to “A” Shift Supervisor replacing Greg Collins.

August 29, 2005- Sherrill Kiser retires with 30 years of service to Stokes County.

October 4, 2005- Scott Brown and Fred Lawson win 2005 NC Paramedic Competition in Greensboro, NC.

October 6, 2005-  Brandon Gentry is promoted to “B” Shift Supervisor replacing Sherrill Kiser.

December 17, 2005– First Annual Holiday Banquet held at Trinity United Methodist Church. Billy Haynes from Wake Forest University Medical Center was guest speaker. Dr. F.R. “Bob” Glatz, former medical director, presented the Dr. F.R. Glatz Paramedic of the Year Award to Marty Boles. Dale Doss was honored as the Employee of the Year and Richard Martin was honored as Rookie of the Year. Several other employees received departmental awards.

April 2006- 12 Lead Transmission begins to Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and Moses Cone Health Systems.

December 2, 2006– Second Annual Holiday Banquet held at Trinity United Methodist Church. Chief Drexdal Pratt of the NC Office of EMS and previous Stokes County ES Director was guest speaker. Chief Pratt presented the Dr. F.R. Glatz Paramedic of the Year Award to Dale Doss. Wayne Tilley was honored as Employee of the Year. Sam Pennington was honored as Rookie of the Year. Several other employees received departmental awards.  

May 2007- Annual EMS celebration held at Moratock Park. Wayne Tilley is recognized by Forsyth Medical Center for his contributions to the EMS profession.

October 9, 2007- Scott Brown and Fred Lawson win 2007 NC Paramedic Competition in Greensboro, NC.

December 8, 2007– Third Annual Holiday Banquet held at Trinity United Methodist Church. Dr. Darrell Nelson, ED Physician with Forsyth Medical Center and previous paramedic with Stokes County was guest speaker. Dr. Nelson presented the Dr. F.R. Glatz Paramedic of the Year Award to Brian Booe. Dale Doss was honored as Employee of the Year. Tim Settle and Ashley Conaway were honored as Rookie of the Year. Several other employees received departmental awards.

October 7, 2008- Scott Brown and Fred Lawson win 2008 NC Paramedic Competition in Greensboro, NC.

July 20, 2009—The Official Groundbreaking is held at 2610 Chestnut Grove Road for the new Station 3. Wishon-Carter Builders of Yadkinville won the bid for General Contractor of the project. The bid submitted by Wishon-Carter was $339,989.00 and the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009.

September 15, 2009—Dr. Darrell Nelson is appointed as Medical Director. Dr. Nelson replaces Dr. Carl Beavers who suddenly passed away November 20, 2008.

July, 2010– Jeremiah Underwood and Sam Pennington win the NC State Region 2 Paramedic Competition.

July 2011– Jeremiah Underwood and Fred Lawson win the NC State Region 2 Paramedic Competition.

December 31, 2012– Director Monty Stevens retires with 30 years of service.

January, 2013– Greg Collins accepts the position of Emergency Services Director.

April, 2013– Mark George retires from full-time employment with Stokes EMS.

May 2013– Annual EMS celebration held at Moratock Park. Scott Aaron is recognized as Employee of the Year, Harrell Bowen receives Paramedic of the Year and Trey Levers is awarded Rookie of the Year. Many other employees received departmental awards. Greg Collins is recognized by Forsyth Medical Center for his many contributions to the EMS community.

January, 2014– Stokes County Emergency Medical Services receives the Bronze Award from the American Heart Association and Wake Forest Baptist Health-Heart and Vascular Center for achievements in STEMI care.

May,  2014– Annual EMS Week Celebration at Moratock Park. Rachael Hardy received the Rookie of the Year Award, Brian Booe received the Employee of the Year and Mark George received the Paramedic of the Year Award. Several other employees were recognized with EMS Save awards and Years of Service pins.

 June, 2014– Jeremiah Underwood is promoted to Training Officer, replacing Brian Booe who resigned to accept the Stokes County Fire Marshal position.

September, 2014– Two new Horton ambulances were delivered to Stokes County EMS and placed into service as Unit 2 and Unit 5.

January, 2015– Scott Aaron is promoted to the position of Shift Supervisor, replacing Doug Bullins who retired with 28 years of service to Stokes County EMS.

March, 2015– A Field Training Officer Program is created by Training Officer Jeremiah Underwood. The initial candidates begin their training.

May, 2015– Stokes County Emergency Medical Services receives the Bronze Award from the American Heart Association and Wake Forest Baptist Health-Heart and Vascular Center for achievements in STEMI care.

May 7, 2015– Dr. R. Darrell Nelson, Medical Director for Stokes and Davie County EMS receives the Burwell Award for his contributions in EMS.

May 20, 2015– The annual EMS celebration is held at Moratock Park. Chris Chandler and Michael Chapman both received the Rookie of the Year Award. Michael Cassidy received the Employee of the Year Award. Doug Bullins received the Paramedic of the Year/Glatz Award. Paramedics Shawn Spencer, Chris Chandler, Justin King and Michael Cassidy received Community Service Awards and many others received Departmental Citations. The inaugural Field Training Officers were presented: Ronnie Hill, Shawn Spencer, Kevin Sexton, Shelby Hayes, Jonathan Wall, Michael Cassidy, Justin King and Shannon Francis.

July, 2015– Paramedics Tim Settle and Chris Chandler win the NC State Region 2 Paramedic Competition. The first Crisis Intervention Training course for Stokes County EMS is completed. C. Hartgrove, H. Poindexter, C. Chandler, M. Cassidy, J. Ford, H. Kroll, J. Yarbrough and J. King were the graduates.

August, 2015– Training Officer J. Underwood is awarded a scholarship to attend the national American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium in Orlando, Fl. Only 16 scholarships were awarded internationally.

October, 2015– Stokes County EMS was invited to be one of seven EMS agencies across North Carolina to be a member of the American Heart Association Resuscitation Collaborative. This was due to Stokes County’s efforts and success in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, STEMI & Stroke care. The Collaborative will meet once a quarter in Raleigh, NC.

November, 2015– Tim Settle is promoted to the position of Shift Supervisor, replacing Scott Aaron who resigned to accept the position of Assistant Fire Marshal with Stokes County.

February, 2016– The second Crisis Intervention course is completed in Stokes County, among the graduates were EMS employees G. Collins, B. Gentry, J. Underwood, S. Spencer and  B. Gunter.

March, 2016– Project Lazarus is initiated. This is a program that allows all Law Enforcement Officers in Stokes County to carry Narcan, a medication used to treat Opioid overdoses.

May, 2016- Stokes County Emergency Medical Services receives the Silver Award from the American Heart Association and Wake Forest Baptist Health-Heart and Vascular Center for achievements in STEMI care.

June, 2016– Our annual EMS celebration is held at Moratok Park in Danbury. Abigail Carmichael is awarded Rookie of the year, Bill Gunter is awarded Employee of the Year and Brandon Gentry was presented with Paramedic of the Year in addition to several departmental save awards given to multiple people. Shawn Spencer, Chris Chandler, Justin King and Brian Booe all receive the community service award.

December, 2016— Justin King is promoted to training officer, replacing  Jeremiah Underwood who resigned to take a position with High Point University.

Our History

The original Stokes EMS Patch. In use from 1974 to 1980.

The second Stokes EMS patch.  In use from 1980 to 2004.

The 3rd Stokes EMS Patch. In use from 2004 to 2014.

The most recent update to our patch, 2014.

State of North Carolina

Stokes County

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