If you read the blog about Chad’s flag pole from February 9th, you might remember Mule Medix mentioned as being instrumental in the completion and dedication of that memorial. This is their story.
For about twenty years, the Bailey County EMS Organization was a group within the Bailey County EMS whose purpose was to support the community with their time and talents, providing education on basic first-aid practices and helping with community projects, like the flag pole.
As time passed, the group obtained 501(c) (3) status as a nonprofit organization, changed their name to Mule Medix, and declared in their mission statement that their purpose is to provide public education and safety awareness to the city of Muleshoe, Bailey County, and the surrounding area.
The group has been busy fulfilling that mission. In the past two years the Mule Medix have taught 417 area people STOP THE BLEED, a nation-wide program that focuses on expedient bleeding control, with uncontrolled bleeding being the number one cause of preventable death in serious trauma. Over 250 people have been trained in hands-only CPR. These practices and basic first-aid have been taught to high school seniors in Muleshoe High School and area schools, police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, state Highway Patrolmen, teachers, TXDOT employees, volunteer firefighters, volunteer EMS responders, TPWD game wardens, and active duty military personnel. They are also on hand to provide first-aid and the other procedures they teach at events like concerts, holiday celebrations like the Fourth of July, and any public gathering where appropriate.
This volunteer, nonprofit organization is funded by donations and their own fundraising efforts. They have had a gun raffle and cooked meals on holidays like July 4th. At the recent Mule Days, Kickin’ Nights events, they volunteered to take tickets and were paid for their time. Donations provide the bulk of their income, including recent memorials in someone’s honor.
Mule Medix has a governing board with these current officers: President, Laramie Fulchur; Vice-President, Rockell Horton; Secretary/Treasurer, Ron Morgan; Jene Wilton, former President and Advisor, who is also the public education coordinator for the group, and Executive Director, Kevin Baize. Several instructors are qualified to teach classes and lead anywhere from three to six certified EMS responders who are available and donate their time when classes are scheduled.
Jene Wilton said, “ In every class we teach, we stress that somehow in our society, we are losing the willingness to help one another, and we see more lives saved if bystanders get involved. What they can do before EMS gets there saves lives.”
Laramie Fulchur put it in simple Texas terms; “It gives you a leg up in a bad situation.”
The Mule Medix want you to know they are here to help. If you have a group or business interested in learning these procedures, just call the EMS station at 806-272-4390, and they will be more than happy to share their techniques with you.
Not all EMS stations provide this service. We are fortunate and blessed to have Mule Medix in our community.
Thank you for being here.
Thanks to Jene Wilton, Laramie Fulchur, and Corie Ann Ingersoll for their help with this story.