It was the most heated discussion yet over fire and Emergency Medical Services in Liberty Township. It ended with the township medical director being escorted out of a trustee meeting for reasons that aren’t entirely clear.
Township trustees say they’re examining a plan to replace township EMS services with those in Delaware County but medical director Warren Yamarick feels it’s already a done deal.
Once again there were fireworks, a standing room only crowd of red-shirted residents and to them, one of three Liberty Township Trustees, Melanie Leneghan, fanning flames in the continuing saga of whether to replace township Emergency Medical Services with EMS in Delaware County. Delaware County is where Leneghan says the idea originated with a report claiming residents would have better, more efficient service.
“It was just sent to us as a courtesy from the county,” she said.
The plan would eliminate about 40 liberty township firefighter/ems positions and their required medical director Warren Yamarick. Yamarick signed up to speak at the meeting but Leneghan had him escorted out for speaking.
Leneghan wouldn’t say what the plan is for EMS services is after Yamarick’s 30-day extension runs out at the end of January. Without a medical director, there can’t be EMS services. Yamarick says he hasn’t heard from anyone about what’s next.
“If I follow the rules and I need to speak out against public concerns about safety and she wouldn’t let me speak. That’s clearly a first amendment violation,” he said.
Yamarick and his backers in red say Leneghan has an agenda that goes beyond Liberty Township that starts with his firing
“Her plan from the very start was to replace this fire-based EMS with Delaware county. And when I spoke out within 24 hours she had plans to remove me as the medical director,” said Yamarick.
Based on residents’ concerns that Leneghan is putting politics over their safety, we asked Leneghan if the idea to swap EMS services is part of her running for Congress again in the future.
“Umm no,” Leneghan replied.
Leneghan, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully in 2018 for US House in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District.