Medical Background and Certifications: Joe Brad Hudson (Grayson County Coroner)
1984-1986 Health Occupations at Grayson Co. Vocational School
Member of Health Occupations Students of America
Worked at Grayson Co. Hospital Emergency Room as a Health Occupation Student
1986-Received Numerous Awards through HOSA
1986-Attended Emergency Medical Technician Training and became certified as an EMT through Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Service.
1986- Employed at Grayson Co. EMS to a full time position as an EMT
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's). Incidents such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate emergency medical care. EMTs provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to the appropriate medical facility. In an emergency, EMTs are quite often dispatched to the scene by a 911 operator, where they often work with police and fire fighters. Once on the scene, EMTs assess the patient's condition, while trying to determine the nature and severity of any pre-existing medical condition. Using pre-determined protocols, they provide emergency care, and transport the patient to the appropriate medical facility. EMTs operate in emergency medical services systems where a physician provides medical direction and oversight. EMTs use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. They typically work in teams of two or more. During the transport of a patient, one EMT drives, while the other monitors the patient's vital signs and gives additional care, as needed.
1987-Attended Paramedic Training at the Medical Center in Bowling Green
Done 500 hours of clinical rotations through ER, Surgery, OB, Child Birth, Psychiatric, Ect.
Done 500 hours of ride along time at different EMS services under the supervision of a paramedic preceptor including Bowling Green EMS, Hardin Co. EMS and Grayson Co. EMS.
1989-Became one of the youngest Paramedics in the state of Kentucky.
Paramedic is generally part of a two-person team working with an EMT; it is the Paramedic who is held responsible for safe and therapeutic administration of medications and other advanced interventions. Therefore, the Paramedic must not only be knowledgeable about medications but must be able to apply this knowledge in a practical sense.
People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Paramedic. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drowning, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. Paramedics provide this vital attention as they care for and transport the sick and injured to a medical facility. In an emergency, Paramedics are typically dispatched to the scene by a 911 operator and often work with police and fire department personnel. Once they arrive, they determine the nature and extent of a patient’s condition while trying to ascertain whether the patient has preexisting medical problems. Following strict rules and guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patients.
Paramedics are trained to treat patients with minor injuries at the scene of an incident without transporting the patient to a medical facility. Emergency treatment for more complicated problems is carried out under the direction of medical doctors by radio preceding or during transport. Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. In addition to carrying out the procedures described above, they may administer drugs orally or intravenously, interpret electro cardiograms (EKG's), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.
1989- Attended 40 hour Basic Training for Coroners at the Department of Criminal Justice Training
1989- Was sworn in as Deputy Coroner under Coroner Ronald Hudson
1990- Attended 18 hours of Mass Disaster Planning for Coroners
1986-1992- Made 1000’s of EMS runs as an EMT and Paramedic which included but was not limited to car accidents, fatalities, child birth, general medical, falls, and other life threatening traumatic situations
1986-1992- Attended over 850 hours of refresher courses to keep EMT and Paramedic certifications
1986- Became an active member of the Leitchfield Volunteer Fire Dept. and went on to complete over 150 hours to become a certified fire fighter.
1987- Became a certified scuba diver and started rescue diving for the Leitchfield Fire Dept.
1992- Attended 18 hour course in tracing the identity of the deceased
1992- Went to work for the Grayson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. as a full time deputy sheriff.
1993- Received the Governor’s Award for DUI Enforcement.
1993- Attended the Western Kentucky Sheriff’s Academy and became a certified deputy sheriff this training encompassed all aspects of law enforcement from court room demeanor to accident reconstruction.
1994- Attended a 7 week course at the Western Ky. K-9 Academy to become a certified K-9 handler.
1994-1998 Worked numerous motor vehicle accidents, fatalities, homicides, suicides, and general investigations. I also handled the first K-9 and established the K-9 program for the Grayson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Went on to make 100’s of drug arrests, numerous missing people, missing fugitive tracks and apprehensions.
1998 Was elected Grayson County Sheriff
2002 Was reappointed Grayson County Deputy Coroner
2002- 2006 Attended KY State Coroners Conference and successfully completed 16 hours each year of continuing education through the Dept. of Criminal Justice Training.
2006 Was appointed to the office of Grayson County Coroner
2006 Was elected Grayson County Coroner
2006-2010 Done 100’s of post mortem examinations and death investigations to determine cause and manner of death.
2010 Was Re-Elected to office of Grayson County Coroner without opposition.
2011 Have completed all requirements to receive my Advanced Coroner Certificate at the Ky Coroners Conference in 2012.
2011 Attended 16 hour course on Coroner’s Office Administration at Frankfort.
2011 Completed 72 hours to re-certify as a nationally registered emergency medical technician.