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Medical director optimistic on Ellsworth Ambulance Service future

Despite losing two of its top personnel, the medical director for the Ellsworth Ambulance Service is optimistic about the service's future.

Dr. Christopher Tashjian of the Ellsworth Medical Center said Friday Bill Brookshaw and Brenda Kenall, who recently resigned as the service's director and assistant, respectively, will be missed. Tashjian praised the pair for their contributions to the service and said he respected their decisions about leaving.

But although they were paramedics who were key to the operation, the medical director was confident the service can continue its professional standing, reminding it was the first paramedic unit in Pierce County. He acknowledged there may have to be a temporary management arrangement with an outside agency such as Western Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services and even the possibility of reverting to intermediate status for a short time. Yet, paramedics are available and can be recruited for the service.

Read more in the print version of the Herald April 6.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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