Capt. Robert Shawn Erivin
End of Watch 1-1-2002
End of Watch 12-3-2002
Chief George Heckathorn
End of Watch 5-27-2010
Chief Don Heckathorn
End of Watch 8-14-2013
By way of explanation and history...
The District has endured hardship and grief caused by the death of four staff members, both volunteer and career; one who was killed in the performance of his duty, the others sadly died too early due to illness or traumatic injury. Each time our crews responded to care for one of their own, they performed their duty to our service, our community and to each other with resiliency and dedication. When the shock of caring for their coworkers became reality, it took a powerful toll.
These losses were amplified by the untimely death of our Chief in 2013, seemingly carrying the weight of all the sorrow and loss burning in our hearts and leaving behind a residue of cinders and ash. And the staff, volunteers and board members of JCEMSD carried on with their duty to serve. From the ashes, these EMS Providers and staff were renewed in their mission and resolve as in the EMS Oath to conserve life, alleviate suffering and to promote health in the practice of emergency medical care.
In the years since these events our District has continued to face challenges but has also undergone a period of healing and growth. From the ashes we have become stronger and recognized our identity. Our resiliency, our spirit and our dedication to our mission of protecting life remains unbroken and renewed. We have re-branded our District from the ashes of the old to state our new charge:
WE ARE THE FLAME THAT HEALS
WE ARE THE FIRE THAT PROTECTS
WE ARE THE WARMTH OF PROMISE
WE ARE, ALL OF US,
The Phoenix is a mythical bird that represents hope and life in the face of calamity and destruction. As the phoenix approaches its death it is consumed by flames of such degree that its whole body is turned to ash. From this ash the Phoenix is reborn.
The fables say the tears of the Phoenix can heal any wound and cure any affliction; and it's feathers can reverse death itself.
Different variations of this creature can be found in Arabia, Egypt, Greece, China, Japan and now it can be found here in Jefferson County when you see our hear our ambulance.
Thus the motto of Jefferson County EMS District:
We are the warmth of Promise
What does this mean? It has many different meanings for different people.
To our older Board Members who have served since the district's beginning it represents the fledgling district that struggled to make ends meet, yet found ways to thrive.
To our staff it represents that no matter the challenge, we will overcome and meet our struggles head on. We will continue to do our duty to our community and to each other.
To our patients, they shall feel the warmth of our promise to always respond, to be there, and to provide comfort.