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Miller retiring from EMS
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Lisa Hobbs photo Warren County EMS employee Lynn Miller is retiring after almost three decades of offering emergency medical assistance to people in need. Hes now responding to a call for leisure time.

Lynn Miller began his career at Warren County EMS in March 1991 and has been a life-saver.

“I started out as a dispatcher,” said Miller. “Then, the 911 center started up. Leonard Madewell gave me a choice: Go to school or go to the 911 center. I didn’t want to go to dispatch so I went to school. I’ve been riding the truck ever since.”

He will officially retire Aug. 2, but his last day on the job as an advanced emergency medical technician is this Monday, July 23.

A man who’s spent the majority of his adult life helping save the lives of others found his own reason to continue in the profession in 2011.

“That’s McKenzie Reeder,” said Miller, who became emotional when he was shown a picture of him with the 11-year-old in 2011. “McKenzie has been my saving grace.”

The two meet under the worst conditions imaginable. McKenzie’s family was involved in an automobile accident July 4, 2011. Her father and stepmother were killed when their vehicle collided with another vehicle on Shelbyville Road.

McKenzie, along with six others, were injured. She was among five airlifted from the scene.

“My partner and I were the ones who treated McKenzie,” said Miller. “She looked like she was 15 or 16 years old. I found out later she was only 11. That wreck bothered me. I had a breakdown. I was out of work for a little over two months until I could get myself back together. I had a lot on me at the time. When this happened, it just all fell apart. When I came back, I said ‘I just want to ride the truck, ride my time out and I’m done.’”

His healing started when he watched a video online of McKenzie in the hospital bravely taking steps toward recovery.

“I reached out to her mother,” said Miller. “I went to a benefit they were having for McKenzie. I got to meet her, her mother, grandmother, and the whole family. They are great people. It was a wonderful experience. I think that’s been the most rewarding thing that has ever happened to me here. Seeing her. When that wreck happened, I didn’t think she was going to make it. God works miracles and that’s one. McKenzie is a miracle.”
The two have stayed in close contact since 2011. McKenzie recently graduated high school with Miller in attendance.

What happens when the lights and sirens stop for Miller? He wants to pursue some leisure time.

“I’m going to do some fishing. I got a little remodeling I want to do. I’m still going to bike rallies. We like to ride. When I go to rallies, we set up as vendors. We sell hats, flags, license plates, jewelry and all kinds of stuff. I’ve been doing that for about 20 to 25 years. I enjoy doing that. It’s a hobby.”

His official sendoff from the department will be a farewell dinner Monday evening.