Photo: Mike Swift at his retirement reception in 2016 at TJ Samson Community Hospital.
Tuesday March 7, 2017
Funeral arrangements for Mike SwiftBy JOHN HULTGREN
Kentucky EMS Connection
GLASGOW — Michael Timothy Swift, 66, who retired as the EMS director for Barren-Metcalfe County EMS last year, passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon at T. J. Samson Community Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by the A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home in Glasgow. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 9, from noon until 8:00 PM CST at the Glasgow Baptist Church, 401 S. Green St. in Glasgow, Ky. Visitation will resume at the church on Friday at 9 AM CST to be followed by a funeral service at 2 PM with burial in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery.
Swift was a longtime Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association board member and the director of Barren-Metcalfe County EMS for almost 42 years, He was also the Barren County Coroner and a former board member of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.
Swift started his paramedic education in 1973 and in mid-1974 he was part of the first paramedic testing in Kentucky at the Boone National Guard Armory in Frankfort.
Born in Louisville Oct. 17, 1950, he was the son of the late Timothy and Margaret Swift. He was also preceded in death by his wife in 2012, Sherryl Ann Swift.
Swift graduated from DeSales High School in 1968 and was awarded a scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Master’s degree in the Arts. He was an athletic trainer for WKU’s sports teams and was known affectionately by players and coaches as “Gentle Ben”. After completing his Master’s degree in 1974, Mike worked for the Bowling Green “City/County” Hospital Ambulance Service and Johnson-Vaughn Funeral Home. On December 10, 1974, he was hired by Barren County Judge Executive Dale Burchett to form and run as director, the Barren County Emergency Medical Services. Mike lead the service for almost 42 years, retiring August 31, 2016. He also was elected and served as Barren Coroner from 1989 until August 31, 2016.
Swift had received many awards and recognitions through the years and served locally and statewide for the betterment of emergency services. He was Santa to hundreds of children and adults and was G Daddy to his grandchildren. South Green Elementary school named him the first, First Responder of the Year and he had served as the president of the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association.
He is survived by 5 children, Schelly Vance of Glasgow, Beth Walden (J.D.) of Glasgow, Johnny Vance (Laura) of Smiths Grove, Jamie Swift (Faith) of Glasgow and Jason Swift of Tennessee; 5 grandchildren Ben Payne, Jesse Payne, Mary Kate Vance, Grady Vance, Everly Swift and baby girl Swift due in April. He is also survived by a brother David Swift (Pam) of Shepherdsville; a sister-in-law Lou Ellan Carpenter of Hiseville; brother-in-law Charles Boston of Danville and a special friend, Lisa Simpson Strange.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Barren Co. EMS, P.O.Box 304, Glasgow, KY 42142 or the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assn.