A Statement from our EMS Administrator – John Hitchens

“Last night I learned of the passing of one of our former employees, Lacey Fox.  Lacey was a long-time employee of our EMS Division and was instrumental in the success of our organization early on in the days after assuming my current role of EMS Administrator in 2016.  Lacey had such a kind soul and believed in our mission statement of “patient care first”.  She cared about her patients and her fellow EMS employees.  We got to know Lacey personally and her family.  The EMS community has lost such a young and vibrant individual.
Lacey was currently employed with Mon EMS.  Words cannot express the anguish our organization feels for our colleagues.  Unfortunately, I know all too well what the next days and months will hold for such an amazing operation as they mourn the loss of one of their own.  
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mon EMS during this time of grief while fully and unconditionally supporting their staff and administration in the days and weeks to come.  
Our prayers are also with her family, especially her children, that she held in such high regard.  We can all learn something from the life that Lacey lived to the fullest.  
Lacey, we will all see you again.  Keep everything in order until we get there, as you always do.”

All of us at Star City Fire & EMS express our deepest condolences to Lacey’s family, friends and colleagues as we mourn with them and ask that everyone do the same.

Routine medical call turns cardiac arrest with successful ROSC

EMS Challenge Coins presented to the crew who responded to a routine medical emergency that ended up being a cardiac arrest. Quick action with lifesaving interventions quickly had the patient to ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation) and straight to the cath lab. Patient is expected to make a full recovery. Pictured from left to right EMT Jon Heinrich; EMT Bain Graff; and Paramedic Tony Hayes. Great job to everyone!

SCVFD EMS division performs successful pre-hospital RSI

EMS Challenge Coins presented by our Medical Director Dr. Katie Hill to the crew involved in Monongalia County’s first pre-hospital rapid sequence intubation under the State’s RSI program. Pictured from left to right: Critical Care Paramedic and Captain Tim Curry; EMT and Shift Commander John Casto; and Critical Care Paramedic and Chief of EMS Operations John Hitchens. Well done everyone!


Today we learned of the passing of Chief Rick Todd of the Salem Fire Department. We all share in the loss of this amazing man. Our most heart felt condolences and prayers for the family and for everyone Chief Todd touched in his life.

Structure Fire – Saint Clair’s Village

On Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 2025hrs, The Star City VFD was dispatched to a reported structure fire in Saint Clairs Village off Van Voorhis Road. Engine 201 responded in less than 3 minutes with 6 members. E-201 arrived on the scene of a single-wide mobile home with smoke coming from the front porch and A side of the structure. The crew initiated fire suppression with a water can on the front porch where it was noted that a chair was on fire on that had extended through the A side of the structure extending into the interior wall. Then entry was forced into the residence through the front door. Crews came in contact with a moderate smoke condition inside. One cat was removed from the residence and reunited with the homeowner in good condition. The inside of the residence was checked for extension by pulling the interior wall and ceiling and utilizing a thermal imaging camera. A positive pressure fan was placed in service at the front door to aid with ventilation. A 1 3/4″ handline was deployed for overhaul. The American Red Cross contacted for one female that had been displaced. At this time the cause of the fire is still unknown but the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office and The WV State Fire Marshal‘s Office are handling the investigation. We would like to thank Westover Volunteer Fire Department, Cassville Fire Department, and Granville Volunteer/Combination Fire Department. for the assistance!

HealthNet Assist

Star City Fire & EMS assisting our partners at HealthNet Aeromedical in Monongalia County