March 10, 2010
Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) announces the retirement of Captain Chris House and Captain Mike Buchanan.
Both Captain House and Captain Buchanan are members of EMS senior staff and have served the citizens of Sedgwick County as district captains overseeing the daily operations of the department’s 18 advanced life support ambulances for 25 years.
Captain House began his career with Sedgwick County on Sept.1, 1978. He was promoted to Captain on Jan. 1, 1985, , where he served for the last 25 years. Captain House also has obtained his registered nursing license and has been instrumental in the department’s efforts to educate staff paramedics.
Captain Buchanan began his career with Sedgwick County on Jan. 3, 1980. He too was promoted to Captain on Jan. 1, 1985, and has served in this capacity for the last 25 years.
Captain Buchanan, in addition to his daily duties, has devoted countless hours to teaching CPR to members of the community, as well as other community service efforts.
Both of these outstanding members of the EMS command staff have had a positive impact on tens of thousands of patients throughout their careers. The exemplary manner in which they served in a leadership capacity for the department has benefited all who have worked with and for them.
EMS Director Steve Cotter said of the captains, “I have had the privilege to serve with them only a short time, but I know they will be greatly missed, and we sincerely thank them for their many years of service.”