PICKETT COUNTY – State Rep. Kelly Keisling (R–Byrdstown) has been honored by the Upper Cumberland Emergency Medical Services Directors Association as its Legislator of the Year for his support and work on issues that benefit emergency medical personnel across the state. The award was recently presented to Keisling during the organization’s annual seminar in Cookeville.
The Upper Cumberland EMS Directors Association includes the directors from the primary 911 ground ambulance services and base managers of the air medical companies from the 14-county Upper Cumberland region.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Keisling said. “Our EMS folks do fantastic work and they certainly deserve to be a priority within the legislature. I want to thank the Upper Cumberland EMS Association for all of their efforts, and I am excited about continuing our relationship as we move forward as a state.”
Keisling has a history of supporting issues that are important to EMS facilities and medical personnel from all corners of the state during his time in the Tennessee General Assembly.
“I have known Kelly my entire life, and his passion and work ethic for helping people is simply unmatched,” Tim Booher, senior director of Air Evac Team 19 in Lafayette, said. “From his work in assisting EMS directors to his legislative efforts helping the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association, Kelly has been a true asset to EMS personnel across the state. We are honored to present this award to Rep. Keisling and look forward to working with him even more in the coming days.”
Keisling serves as chairman of the house insurance and banking subcommittee, along with being a member of the full house insurance and banking committee and house transportation committee. He lives in Byrdstown and represents District 38, which includes Macon, Clay, Pickett, Scott and part of Fentress counties.