Michael Timothy Swift, 66, of Glasgow, died unexpectedly Monday, March 6, 2017, at T.J. Samson Community Hospital.
Born in Louisville, Oct. 17, 1950, he was the son of the late Timothy and Margaret Swift. He was also preceded in death by his wife in 2012, Sherryl Ann Swift.
Mike graduated from DeSales High School in 1968 and was awarded a scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master's of Arts degree. He was an athletic trainer for WKU's sports teams and was known affectionately by players and coaches as "Gentle Ben." After completing his master's degree in 1974, Mike worked for the Bowling Green "City/County" Hospital Ambulance Service and Johnson-Vaughn Funeral Home.
On Dec. 10, 1974, he was hired by Barren County Judge-Executive Dale Burchett as director to form and run the Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services. Mike led the service for almost 42 years, retiring Aug. 31, 2016. He also was elected and served as Barren County Coroner from 1989 until Aug. 31, 2016. He had received many awards and recognitions through the years and served locally and statewide for the betterment of emergency services. He was Santa to hundreds of children and adults and was G'Daddy to his grandchildren. South Green Elementary school named him their first, First Responder of the Year and he had served as the president of the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association.
He is survived by five children, Schelly Vance, of Glasgow, Beth Walden (J.D.), of Glasgow, Johnny Vance (Laura), of Smiths Grove, Jamie Swift (Faith), of Glasgow, and Jason Swift, of Tennessee; five grandchildren: Ben Payne, Jesse Payne, Mary Kate Vance, Grady Vance, Everly Swift plus baby girl Swift due in April. He is also survived by one brother, David Swift (Pam), of Shepherdsville; a sister-in-law, Lou Ellen Carpenter, of Hiseville; brother-in-law, Charles Boston, of Danville; and a very special friend, Lisa Simpson Strange.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Glasgow Baptist Church, with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church beginning at noon Thursday and continuing Friday morning from 9 a.m. until time for the service. A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Barren-Metcalfe County EMS, P.O. Box 304, Glasgow, KY 42142; the American Cancer Society; or the American Heart Association.
Published on March 7, 2017