Judge rules one ambulance provider for Winnsboro

Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - (AP) - An ambulance services dispute that divided authorities in one Louisiana city has ended with a ruling that leaves just one service as the city's provider.

The News-Star reports last week's court ruling favors the defendants, Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb and the E-911 Communication District, keeping Northeast Louisiana Ambulance Service as Winnsboro's sole provider.

The Winnsboro City Council had named NELA the sole provider in an ordinance that the mayor immediately vetoed. The mayor wanted to rotate emergency calls between NELA and a second service, Pafford EMS, but the sheriff refused. Pafford then sued.

The ruling says Pafford failed to prove the mayor had the right to compel the sheriff to rotate providers. Pafford attorney Mark Neal says they're considering additional legal options.