Air Ambulance service demands payment from Lamar County

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District says Lamar County is refusing to meet legal obligations after withdrawal from the service district.

The issue centers around whether Lamar County owes more than $217,000 to the district since the county pulled out of its contract early, which meant the county would no longer use Rescue-7 as the primary air ambulance service.

SEEMAD directors said Lamar Count has only paid a portion of the money but are required to pay the full dues along with every other county in the nine-county district.

Lamar County attorney Tony Mozingo said the county supervisors made a unanimous decision to pull out of the district and shouldn't be required to pay penalty costs.

SEMAAD representatives said the county was given notice in writing far in advance of the decision.

SEMAAD also demanded the county return a ground ambulance which is owned by the District and being used in the county. The ambulance was returned.