MURRAY – When the Dec. 10 tornado hit Mayfield, Jackson Purchase Medical Center luckily did not sustain much damage compared to the heart of Mayfield to the hospital’s south. But with so many people in the direct path of the storm needing immediate medical care, many other area health care providers like Murray-Calloway County Hospital had to leap into action to help their neighbors in trouble.

The tornado hit Mayfield around 9:30 p.m., and Murray-Calloway County Ambulance Service Director Marty Barnett said the service initially sent one ambulance and crew to Mayfield and another ambulance and crew to Marshall County to help where they might be needed. Because there was still a possibility of a tornado coming through New Concord around 11:30 p.m., the ambulance service held back some assets and personnel until the threat had passed. Barnett said that after Calloway County had been cleared, two more personnel went to Mayfield and responded to the dire situation unfolding at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory, which had collapsed and trapped some workers inside.

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