Iredell County retiree EMS assistant director Stephen Snow (center) receives a plaque for his 32 years of service. Pictured (from left) are Snow’s wife Jackie, Snow and Chairman James Mallory.


The Iredell County Board of Commissioners honored Stephen Snow, who recently retired as assistant director of Iredell County EMS, for his 32 years of service and contributions to the county.

Chairman James Mallory shared a brief timeline of Snow’s work at the April 6 meeting.

Snow started out with Iredell Rescue Squad in the northern end of the county at the age of 16. During this time, he was running calls and gaining interest in the field.

At the age of 20, Snow was hired by Al Upton, the EMS director at that time. 

In March 1989, he started as an EMT-Basic on a convalescent unit for a year with EMS. He started at Catawba Valley Community College and began his EMT-intermediate.

Snow quickly went to paramedic school and by 1991 he became a paramedic, working for EMS.

In 2002, he was promoted to assistant supervisor. Two years later, he was appointed supervisor and then in 2006 Snow was named operations manager.

In 2015, he was named assistant director, a position he held until retiring on March 31, 2021.

“There are not enough words to thank this man. He truly has dedicated his life to public service in Iredell County,” said EMS Director Blair Richey, who worked with Snow for 10 years.

“We will never ever ever replace him,” she added.

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