October 21, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
An EMT-Critical Care Paramedic who worked for the White County Ambulance Service and served in a part time role for DeKalb and Warren County EMS until his recent death has been honored posthumously with a Life Time Achievement Award.
The Region IV award was presented to the family of Jeff Cole during the Upper Cumberland EMS Directors Association’s annual fall symposium October 11 in Cookeville.
DeKalb EMS Director Hoyte Hale nominated Cole for the honor.
“There is without a doubt no better or more deserving man to represent what this award means. Jeff put his heart and soul into his long standing career and constantly pushed himself to go further and inspired others to do the same. Mr. Cole was the kind of man who touched everyone with whom he came in contact and we were blessed to have known him. He was always there to lend a helping hand and put others first. He deserves the honor and recognition of this award for his 41 years of service to Region IV and almost every county in it,” said Hale.
The Upper Cumberland EMS Directors Association consists of the directors from the primary 911 ground ambulance services and base managers of the air medical companies in the 14 county Upper Cumberland region.
Tennessee EMS Region IV comprises Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White County. Air Evac, LifeForce, and Lifeflight represent the 3 air medical services in the region.