LANCASTER — Garrard County Emergency Medical Services now has one of only two bicycle medical units in Kentucky.
Now, not only can five trained paramedics respond to emergencies at festivals or on ATV trails, but also those benefits come with minimal expense to the county. Michael Mullins Jr., who has worked as an emergency medical technician for two years and now serves as the bicycle medical unit team leader, spent much of his spare time soliciting community donations. With about $1,500 of donated funds, Garrard EMS Director Charles R. O'Neal purchased two bicycles, each outfitted with full life-saving equipment, as well as training for the five bike medics. Only about $150, for uniforms, came out of the county’s budget.
Garrard Judge-Executive John Wilson said he was excited about the new unit.
“Michael Mullins is a young man who has shown a lot of initiative to get this project going,” Wilson said. “I’m amazed we now have a unit of this caliber here in Lancaster.”