By Bethany Anderson
EMT Joe Barlow (aged 55 at the time of his death) was a twenty-year veteran of the Johnson County EMS. He died in the line of duty as a result of a tragic two-vehicle accident in 2009. According to law enforcement officials, the wreck happened on Highway 67 at mile marker 2, about a mile north of Butler in Johnson County.
The THP report shows that an oncoming vehicle crossed the center lane of Highway 67 and hit the Johnson County Rescue Squad ambulance driven by Barlow pushing the ambulance off the road, flipping it over an embankment.
The Johnson County Knights Motorcycle Club has helped to host an annual memorial ride and car show each year since. This year marks the 10th year of the annual event.
The event is a fundraiser for a scholarship fund. According to organizers, “The purpose of the scholarship is to help high school graduating seniors seeking education in the medical field.”
All ages came out to enjoy the vintage cars, trucks, and bikes as well as the live music and various vendors all along Main St through downtown Mountain City.
The show crowned Wade and Marina Farmer’s 1963 Buick LeSabre (left) and Donald and Melissa Farmer’s 1962 Cadillac.
Nancy Bently, Barlow’s sister, seemed pleased with the excellent turn-out and grateful for the support. She tearfully said, “Through a tragic accident and loss, our family has gotten through this with our faith.”
She added, “Many high school seniors will benefit from this fund. Our mother was always very involved in this, but she passed two
years ago. Joe had such a heart of gold that we’re still finding out things he did
from his heart even ten years later.”
For more information on the Johnson County Knights and their scholarship fund, visit their website at www.johnsoncountyknights.com.