Ricky Reeves, EMT-P
Ricky has been involved in many areas of emergency services since 1979 after receiving his Texas Paramedic certification. He recently came to Texas EMS from the Lewisville Fire Department as their EMS Division Chief, he has also been employed by Titus Regional Medical Center as the EMS Director, a hospital-based EMS organization, and the Mount Pleasant Fire Department. Ricky is currently an active member of the North Central Texas Trauma Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) serving as the Chair-elect since 2017. Ricky served as the NCTTRAC Chair from 2015-2017, Chair elect from 2011-2015 and held the NCTTRAC Finance Chair position from 2010-2011. He is actively involved with the legislative process in Austin trying to protect current and future funding for RACs and the trauma and EMS system. Ricky is an active member on the Texas EMS Alliance (TEMSA) Board of Directors as one of the founding members. TEMSA represents all EMS provider types in Texas. Ricky is also a Task Force Leader for the Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF-2) for TSA’s C, D, and E where he deployed in support of Hurricane Harvey and he has been involved as an active member on the GETAC Disaster / Emergency Preparedness Committee. In 2016, Ricky was awarded the EMS Administrator of the year from the Texas Department of State Heath Services. This award honors an administrator, researcher or manager at the local, city, county, regional or state level who has made a positive contribution to EMS and is committed to building a strong team able to respond effectively.
Sharon Malone, MD
Dr. Malone is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Wright State University Integrated Residency in Dayton, Ohio. She is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is also the Medical Director for Bedford, Coppell, Denison, Grand Prairie, and Sherman Fire Departments, Paris EMS, Preston EMS, Collin County College and Paris Junior College EMS programs. Dr Malone is the Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF-2) Medical Director for North Central Texas Trauma Advisory Council (NCTTRAC). Dr Malone became the Medical Director for Texas EMS in Hood County, Texas in January 2019.
Jodi Fries, Paramedic
Jodi started in EMS in 1995, having begun her career in West Texas with Dawson and Cochran counties. In 2004 she joined Texas EMS, or at the time Granbury Hood County EMS, as an EMT before obtaining her paramedic in 2006. Jodi has since worked her way up from an FTO position in 2008, to Supervisor/Captain in 2012, and to Clinical Coordinator in 2017. Jodi earned the 2009 EMT/EMS of the Year for Outstanding Service to the Community, State, and Nation as an EMT by the American Legion, receiving her award in Austin on January 2010. Jodi continues to serve her community beyond her work here at Texas EMS and is part of the Critical Incident Stress Management team.
Michael Ward, Paramedic
Clint Solsbery, Paramedic
Michael Callahan, Paramedic
Michael brings a total of 11 years experience in EMS with 4 of those years at MedStar in Fort Worth to Texas EMS. During his time at MedStar, he earned the Executive Director award in 2004 for putting himself back on duty after he was cleared to go home to respond to a pediatric drowning, saving a young girls life. Michael also volunteered as the EMS Lieutenant at De Cordova Volunteer Fire Dept for 12 years before taking a short sabbatical to obtain his Paramedic and has since returned. Michael is registered both nationally and with the state of Texas as a Paramedic and has been with Texas EMS since 2011.
Granbury Hood County E.M.S., Inc. was born on April 20, 2002 at 12:01 a.m.
Now having said that, I need to tell you it was a long hard road for Granbury Hood County E.M.S. Inc. to get our first ambulance units on the street. As you may know, Hood County leased the hospital to an organization in the private sector, Community Health Systems, who runs we know as Lake Granbury Medical Center. When CHS started running the hospital in the late mid 1990’s it became apparent that they had little experience with EMS in regards to us being part-of or attached to their facility. The hospital was, however, responsible and willing to provide these services as they went out to find a 3rd party Provider to handle the EMS system. The first company that was contracted by CHS was a ‘Mom and Pop’ EMS service from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They were here for approximately 2 ½ years before they subsequently failed. Next, the hospital contracted temporarily with a large national company (AMR) which had a lot of trouble meeting the special needs and concerns of a small town like Granbury. In the meantime, the Hospital contacted the paramedics that had worked through all of these transitions and expressed interest in them forming a private ambulance company that was more tailored to this community.
This was a monumental task, but there were 8 paramedics that took on this challenge. These paramedics worked tirelessly on their days off to negotiate, coordinate, and work on the mountains of paperwork involved in a project this size, while others were in a multi-tasking nightmare. The pitfalls in the road were high, but having overcome the majority of these, finally, Granbury Hood County E.M.S. Inc. earned their Provider License from the State of Texas on April 20th of 2002 and the newest non-profit EMS provider in north Texas was born!
We had recently celebrated our 4th anniversary and from a ‘shack’ we called home on 377 East, to our like new EMS complex on Commercial Lane in 2006. We have grown to become one of the premier service organizations in North Texas.
In 2007, we changed our public identity to Texas EMS to improve brand recognition and professional appearance under the leadership of Verne Walker and recreated ourselves into what we are today. Slowly but surely we are improving our facilities and equipment to better serve our community.
In 2016, we became a certified training center with the American Health and Safety Institute in order to be able to better help our community with those who require or want to learn with any of our many classes. We also have instructors for most American Heart Association classes.
We are a progressive company that will never quit making our dedication to quality service and our community a forefront to carry us well into the 22nd century. I guess you can tell we don’t plan on going anywhere.
We also have a Membership Program to help our customers defray the out-of-pocket costs that aren’t covered by their insurance policies which you can learn more by clicking the link at the top menu or below. You are always welcome to come by our station and visit, have a cup of coffee, and let the kids look at and explore our ambulances. Stay safe and stay well, but if you need us call 9-1-1.
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Donations are always greatly appreciated and will be used to help maintain daily operations and to buy better equipment to aid in giving the best care possible to Hood County residents.