Putnam County EMS Rallies for Injured Employee

HURRICANE, WV - On July 27th, 2015, a Putnam County EMS employee, Paramedic James Barham, was involved in a tragic accident. It was in that moment that, despite his natural instinct to help others, Barham needed help himself. A Paramedic with years of experience, Barham became the patient, requiring EMS and aeromedical transport to Cabell-Huntington Hospital for the treatment of his injuries. Barham was treated in the Emergency Department for his extensive injuries including a plethora of broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a collapsed lung. Despite the severity of his injuries, Barham remained in good spirits and has been supported largely by his loving family, including his wife and daughter, and frequent visits from other friends including Putnam County EMS employees.

Brian Phillips visits James Barham

Putnam County EMS Paramedic Brian Phillips (far left) and Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department member Tim Spradling (far right) visit James Barham during his hospital stay.


James Barham has served as a Paramedic for Putnam County at the Hurricane station, based out of Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department, for years. As such, it is no suprise that members of both Putnam County EMS and Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department stepped up in traditional fire and EMS service fashion to help Barham in his time of need.


In an effort to support Barham during his downtime and to help with his extensive medical bills, Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the "James R. Barham Benefit Dinner" on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Volunteers will be serving a spaghetti dinner to those who attend and all benefits will go to support the Barham family.


The cost to attend is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and children under the age of 2 eat FREE! All are encouraged to attend.


Anybody with questions can contact the event's organizer, Sierra Rabel, by calling (304) 395-5393.