By: Lydia Crawley
The Parsons Advocate
The Tucker County Ambulance Authority met in regular session. The Board welcomed two new members at the meeting. Dr. Elaine Moore and Susan Metzner joined the board following their appointment approval by the Tucker County Commission. The new members were welcomed by Board President Dennis Filler.
Filler asked the new members to introduce themselves and what brought them to the board. “I’m here because you asked me,” Moore said. “Otherwise, I would still be home chopping wood.”
Moore did elaborate on the more serious aspect of her appointment. “We all have a duty to serve in our community,” Moore said.
Filler explained why he asked Moore to join the board. “I asked because we like to have a balance between business skills, medical skills, organizational skills so that we can have the best possible board for what is probably on the most critical services needs we have in the county,” Filler said.
Filler said that the board was losing a lot of the medical members. “That’s personally why I asked you because we were losing a lot of our medical competencies from the board. And I knew you had that skills set. So, I’m glad you’ve come on board.”
Moore is a retired Family Practice M.D.
Also joining the board at the meeting was Susan Metzner. “I’m a retired paramedic,” Metzner said. “I was a paramedic since 1994. I retired with 20 years in Randolph County.”
Metzner said she has lived in Tucker County most of her life. “I moved here when I was 16 so we know that’s been a while.”
Metzner said she is a supporter of EMS. “I am very much am a believer in EMS,” Metzner said, “and I very much – on one side I understand the crews and the trials that they go through and the things that are difficult…and I also know the procedures side and all of that.”
Metzner said she is thankful for the opportunity. “I am thankful that I was asked to do this again,” Metzner said. “I hope I can be of help.”
“I definitely think you will be,” Filler said.
Both Moore and Metzner have terms that run until June 30, 2026, according to the Tucker County Commission appointment.
The next meeting of the Tucker County Ambulance Authority will be held August 16 at 5 p.m. at the Five Rivers Library in Parsons.