Interim EMS director named

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The County Commission's committee on emergency medical services named an interim director for the Marshall County Emergency Medical Service Friday.

He's James Whorley, 42, of Shelbyville, one of three shift supervisors for the EMS, headquartered at offices in the ambulance station on South Ellington Parkway.

Whorley succeeds Jimmy Adams, who resigned this month for family reasons.

"I'm very passionate about the ambulance service and hope it continues to be a shining example of the EMS," Whorley said Tuesday, thanking the commissioners' EMS Committee for selecting him.

Whorley has been working for the EMS here for 12 years. He also serves as a paramedic and a medical examiner investigator. He was the official providing that service during the murder-suicide case on Mooresville Highway last July.

Before joining the EMS, Whorley worked at a medical supply company in Fayetteville.

Whorley and two other shift supervisors were interviewed by the EMS Committee during its open meeting in the County Courthouse Annex. Whorley said he will apply for the position of director, full time.

"I'll do the best I can until a full-time director is appointed," he said. "There are a lot of people who are talking about applying."

Born in Lincoln County and raised in Petersburg, Whorley attended public schools in Fayetteville and was enrolled in business courses at Motlow State Community College, where he took the course on being an emergency medical technician. That's what sparked his interest in his career.

He's the son of Belle Gibson and the late Harold Whorley, who died in 1984. Whorley's mother and his step-father, Doyle Gibson, live in Lewisburg.

Whorley and his wife, Lori, live in Shelbyville with their four daughters.