Following deployments to the Pentagon on 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Joe Holley and Paramedic Jim Logan saw a need for a new kind of emergency response education. From that need, they created Paragon Medical Education Group- premium education where experienced instructors and students are immersed in real-world scenarios,covering a wide range of responders and disciplines.

Joe E. Holley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS


Dr. Joe Holley is the Medical Director for the State of TN Department of Emergency Medical Services as well as the Memphis and Shelby County Fire Departments and several municipal and private ambulance services in West Tennessee. He also holds the position of Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Holley has served on over 30 deployments, including Hurricane Katrina and the Pentagon on 9/11, as the Medical Director of Tennessee Task Force 1, Urban Search & Rescue Team and serves on the national FEMA Incident Support Team. He is a member of the CAPCE Board of Directors, the National Association of EMS Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Holley is board certified in Emergency Medicine and was among the first group of physicians in the nation to earn the designation of Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services.

Dr. Joe Holley also provides educational presentations, up-to-date protocols and emergency medical hot topics via    

J. Harold Logan, BPS, EMT-P/IC


 Jim is a 30-year veteran of fire-based EMS. For 25 years he served as an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Officer for the Memphis Fire Department in an administration capacity, specializing in EMS, Emergency Management, quality improvement, and education. He’s a nationally known author with regular publications in EMS Magazine, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Firehouse, and other trade journals. Jim has also lent his experience and talents to several emergency service industry text books as continuing author and technical writer. Jim is an EMS instructor coordinator and fire instructor for the state of Tennessee and the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. In addition to his work in Emergency Services, he is currently the Program Director for Dyersburg State Community College EMS Training Program. For more than a decade, Jim has also served as a rescue/medical specialist and a medical coordinator for FEMA’s Tennessee Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team. Jim has been cited several distinctions in his career with multiple awards for Merit and Life Saving.  In 2010 he was honored as one of the 10 most innovative individuals in Emergency Medical Services and was awarded the JEMS10 Award by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services as EMS Innovator of the Year.   

Kimberly Holley, CCBTS


 Kimberly Holley manages the marketing, public relations and logistics for Paragon Medical Education Group and Emergency Medical Resources, PLLC. Kimberly is a Canine Search Specialist with TN Task Force One, FEMA Urban Search & Resuce Team.  Prior to Paragon, Kimberly spent 13 years with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Marketing and Administration. When she is not working on Paragon projects, Kimberly is actively involved in animal rescue and is Certified in Canine Behavior and Training. You can reach Kimberly directly at  or 901-289-1771 or through our Contact us page.