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Brett Faine
Brett for several years now has been an asset to JCAS. Brett has been an amazing resource in providing information and discussion about EMS pharmacology. Brett has assisted us in our protocols to ensure the drugs we are administering are in-line with best practices. Brett has been generous with his time. I believe having a pharmacist available in the emergency is as essential to having one as a resource to prehospital medicine.

Mitchell "Mitch" Nordmeyer
Mitchell “Mitch” Nordmeyer was a friend to anyone and everyone that works in the Emergency Services Field. At the age of 18, he joined the Greene Volunteer Fire Department, and that was the beginning of a lifelong career. He was known around the State as an Instructor for Emergency Services. He became the Butler County Emergency Manager in 2009, and served the citizens of Butler County for 9 years. He could also be found in surrounding counties and disaster areas throughout Iowa, always willing to lend a hand. In March of 2018, Mitch accepted the position of Iowa Homeland Security Training Officer, and moved his wife and home to the Ankeny area.

As Butler County Emergency Manager, Mitch worked closely with the Sheriff’s Department and the Public Health Department. He realized that although our county was small, there were resources out there that could be utilized, and was quick to organize those assets. Butler County has had its share of disasters over the recent years – an EF5 tornado, and MULTIPLE episodes of flooding. Mitch was at his best in the middle of a disaster. During the Parkersburg tornado, he was the Volunteer Coordinator, and was very upset one day when all but one of the volunteers that had signed in that morning also signed out at the end of the day…..Needless to say, he never allowed that to happen again! During the floods in his hometown, he would work around the clock, trying anything and everything to save homes and businesses. After a disaster, he would look at everything that happened, and plan for a better outcome the ‘next’ time. He was always looking for funding for emergency equipment for the county, and was very successful at this. He was a valuable team member to the Emergency Managers of North Central Iowa, and was always willing to offer help when needed.

Mitch was a strong advocate for public health in Butler County and in Iowa. He served as the Butler County Board of Health Chair for several years and taught preparedness classes to public health agencies all over Iowa. He believed in the mission of public health and the integral relationship between public health and emergency management. Mitch knew that together our departments could best serve our community.

Mitch trained the original CERT team for Butler County and utilized them for non-emergencies and emergencies alike. He was active with the Butler County EMS and Fire Associations. Anyone that served in Emergency Services in Butler County most likely had Mitch’s cell phone number programmed in their phone, and they were encouraged to call him even after he left Butler County. When something bad was happening, you wanted Mitch on your team, because he never let you down.

On January 25, 2019, Mitch went to work, just like normal, and while sitting at his desk, suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 56. As Sheriff Johnson stated, he literally died with his boots on. We miss you Mitch, but we know that you are still watching over us. Thank you for your service.

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