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That man-making event drove Spruill to turn a sanitarian’s job into building one of America’s strongest and most highly respected statewide systems of emergency medical care and trauma services. Within months of his graduation from the University of Mississippi, Spruill claimed developmental ownership of a nationally-emerging specialty of public health practice. He became the first and longest-serving director of EMS within the Mississippi State Department of Health; retired; and has served two decades as chief executive officer of AAA Ambulance Service, Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District, and Southeast Mississippi Trauma Region. Amidst sometimes sordid politics, he learned the value of facts, patience, and persistence. Those elements became the building blocks of his growth and evolution as both a successful entrepreneur in government and now as a writer.
Wade Spruill observes, listens, cares, and enjoys the story-telling that always follows. That’s how “the writing just happens.”
As a writer, Spruill draws inspiration from life – whether at deer camp in the woods with hunting and fishing buddies, at a happy hour bar visiting with friends, horsing around his farm with wife and grandkids, or testifying at the State Capitol.
Wade’s new book, Raising the Star: Mississippi Milestones in EMS and a Few Related Stories, is available NOW.