2016 FRIEND OF EMS
As with many communities in Iowa, the services in
Jasper County have been facing an uphill battle to both find
people to join and make the most of the people that they already
have. Enter Sheriff John Halferty. As a 20+ year member of the
Mingo Fire Department, he has seen firsthand the issues facing
small rural departments. He was not content to watch these
issues mount. Instead he opted to take action. As Sheriff, he is
a steadfast supporter of EMS and a strong advocate for EMS
whenever the chance presents itself. Sheriff Halferty and a
group of his deputies took EMT training and equipped themselves
as EMTs, becoming non-transport EMS service in Jasper County.
This action has put more EMS providers in the field in Jasper
County that are able to both respond to calls and assist with
I would like to nominate Sheriff John Halferty as a Friend of
EMS, Sheriff Halferty exemplifies commitment to public safety.
He has taken his agency and made them more than just "cops." I
am proud to work with him.