This week at the first if the bimonthly meetings of the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce, the chamber welcomed special guest for Samaritan EMS, Osage County Sheriff Candidate Lou Ann Brown, and State House of Representatives Candidate Cathy Ross.
During the meeting the chamber also announced the first group of Students of the Month for the 2016-2017 school year. Students from the Barnsdall Junior High Bryce Shores and Hannah Hatfield, along with High School Students Wesley Yarber and Taylor Robinson were all nominated and awarded for their cooperation skills.
Samaritan EMS discussed with the chamber their current statistics since beginning service in Osage County in July. Through the month of August and the first two weeks of September Samaritan has serviced 39 patients, with an average age of 69 years-old and predominantly male. Brett Selvidge from Samaritan also highlighted that the service has cut their response time to 15 min and 41 seconds on average, a substantial improvement from four months ago when many call took more than 45 min before EMS would arrive. Selvidge also discussed their partnerships with the Cities of Barnsdall and Avant for membership along with several of the rural water districts, he also stated that Samaritan will offer an open membership to those living in the coverage area but outside of city limits.
Sheriff Candidate Lou Ann Brown addressed the chamber and provided a short biography of civil service including 18 years with the Osage County Sheriffs Department. Brown mentioned she has held a wide variety of positions including deputy and Special Victim Investigator, and is excited for the opportunity to continue serving Osage County as Sheriff.
State House of Representatives Candidate Cathy Ross only had a short message for the chamber which was encouraging everyone to get out and vote in November, regardless of who they are voting for.
The Chamber will meet again, September 27 at noon in Barnsdall at the Community Center.