OWENTON, Ky. (April 12, 2022) – The Owen County Fiscal Court is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Riddle as Director of Owen County EMS (OCEMS).
"I'm excited to return to the service where I built my career and share what I've learned over the past six years," Riddle said. "OCEMS will continue down its path to becoming one of the most innovative rural services in the state by utilizing Advanced EMTs and new protocols. With five employees enrolled in medic school, we position ourselves to provide an unmatched level of care to the community. Continuing education and community engagement will be a top priority."
Riddle began his EMS career in Owen County in 1997 after receiving his EMT licensure from Bluegrass Community and Technical College. In 2009, he received his paramedic licensure from Frankfort Fire and EMS and his critical care paramedic certification from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
As a critical care paramedic, Riddle continued his career with OCEMS and worked in the ER at New Horizons Medical Center before aiding OCEMS in converting from Basic Life Services to Advanced Life Services (ALS) in 2009. The conversion allowed paramedics to provide care in Owen County. Riddle served as ALS Captain.
As a teenager, he began volunteering with the Owen County and Monterey volunteer fire departments, having held various rankings from firefighter to captain. He received his 400-hour career firefighter certification in 2015. He previously served on the Owen County Search and Rescue Squad and was elected to serve as District 2 Constable in 2011, a seat he continues to hold today.
In 2015, Riddle left Owen County EMS to pursue his lifelong goal of becoming a career firefighter, serving as a Firefighter/Medic with Boone County's Union Fire Protection District, where he continues to further his skills as a Firefighter/Medic in a fast-paced, urban environment.
"Brian is a top-notch paramedic with the skills and life experiences to provide the best level of care possible and assist our service in reaching its full potential," said Owen County Judge/Executive Casey Ellis. "His knowledge of and dedication to our community throughout the years will make him an invaluable asset to OCEMS, and we are beyond excited for his return and willingness to fill the director's role."
A resident of the Cedar Hill community, Riddle is the son of Charlie, a retired lieutenant with Frankfort Fire and EMS, and Mitzie Riddle, a retired nurse. He has one daughter, Emily, and is engaged to be married later this year to Molly Haines.