Hawkins County Recognized at State Star of Life Awards

John M. Dabbs

Hawkins county recipients of Star of Life Awards May 2022JOHN DABBS/Photographer

Local first responders recognized at the State's 2022 Star of Life Awards banquet on May 4 at Rocket Town in Nashville, Tennessee. The responders were recognized along with Taylor Skinner, the survivor of a motor vehicle accident requiring the crews to work together to save the man.

Region 1 Star of Life Award

Emergency responders responded to a motor vehicle accident involving Taylor Skinner, who went over an embankment and required multiple agencies to come together for lifesaving efforts to save him. Taylor had left the roadway and traveled 85 feet down into a ravine, landing his vehicle in the water.

Hawkins County Rescue Squad and Hawkins County EMS responded with vertical rescue, and swift-water rescue personnel in the rescue effort. The responders were assisted by Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department, Lakeview Fire Department, Church Hill Rescue Squad, Hawkins County EMA, and Highlands Emergency Air Rescue and Transport.

Pinned and submerged partially in the cold water, the hour long extrication was completed, allowing responders to carry Skinner up the embankment where his emergency treatment continued. He was flown via Highlands Emergency Air Rescue and Transport to Johnson City Medical Center's Trauma Center, where care continued.

Skinner was present at the awards ceremony, and thanked his responders. He was presented with a certificate of life for his heroism is fighting for life and posed with the responders for photographs afterward.

The emergency response effort was a tribute to the emergency medical services, rescue squads, EMA, and fire services across the state. EMS Director Jason Murrell was on hand, along with Assistant Director Paul Lutz, to congratulate the responders for their courageous efforts and receipt of the award.

Personnel involved in the rescue include:

Highlands Emergency Air Rescue & Transport

  • John Smith
  • Brian Lonon
  • Alex Hodge

Hawkins County EMS

  • Josh Reese
  • Nicholas Reeves

Hawkins County EMA

  • Jamie Miller, Director
  • Randy Price

Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department

  • John Mallory, Chief
  • Ryan Carpenter

Lakeview Fire Department

  • Curtis Bean, Chief
  • Andrew Bean

Church Hill Rescue Squad

  • Austin Castle
  • Aiden Flanary
  • Matthew Perry

Hawkins County Rescue Squad

  • Corey Young
  • Jeff Hilton
  • Tim Lewis
  • Chaince Harris
  • Earl Smith
  • Tim Lutrell
  • Paul Frutiger
  • Justin Nance
  • Austin Clinger
  • Paul Lutz
  • Jon Gardner
  • Roger Lamb

Rogersville Fire Department

  • Kelsie Price, Chief
  • Lee Sexton
  • Chris Pinkston

Hawkins County Sheriff's Department

  • Lt. Greg Larkin

The Police, Fire, Rescue, and EMS personnel were all instrumental in a successful outcome for Skinner. The people of Hawkins County are well represented with people who care for their neighbors and serve their communities.

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