The Starke County EMS ambulance based at Grovertown is down for repairs again. The county just spent $17,000 to have Jim Dobson Ford in Winamac install a new diesel motor in the 2009 Ford. EMS Director Keith Emigh told the county commissioners last night it was back on the road for two days when an oil leak was spotted. It was traced to a leaky valve cover and was repaired at no charge under the warranty.
Now the heater motor in the back of the rig where the patients ride has gone out. Emigh ordered a part through a supplier, but it did not fit. He’s working with another vendor to track down the correct part but says that’s proven challenging due to the age of the box. It’s actually older than the chassis, as it was previously mounted on another rig. Once the correct part is located, mechanics at the Starke County Highway Garage will do the repair. Emigh hopes to have the truck back on the road next week.