Pulaski County EMS Director Nikki Lowry has the blessing of the county commissioners to add more part-time employees to her roster in order to adequately staff the service. Right now the county has three full-time and three part-time paramedics. Lowry says they are stretched thin trying to make sure all shifts are covered and the state’s requirement of having a paramedic on duty 24/7 is met. The service is subject to hefty fines if the state mandate is not met. The county commissioners told Lowry to go ahead and advertise for more part-time paramedics and said adding them to the on-call rotation will not be a problem as long as she has money in her budget to pay their wages.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.