Management Bio

Chief Operating Officer

Hershel P. Kuykendallkirks


Chief Operating Officer Hershel Kuykendall

Hershel, the grandson of company founder H.P. “Kirk” Kuykendall, became the COO of Kirk’s in 2012. He brings over a decade of direct experience to Kirk’s, combining a range of skills from strategic planning, financial management, and marketing. Hershel is a native Oklahoman who has a very diverse resume from his military and business successes. Hershel is a NAVY veteran and former financial advisor of Merrill Lynch and partner at Florida-based Professional Benefits, Inc. Hershel is dedicated to continuing the path forged by the company’s founders of providing unparalleled service to the Lawton community


EMS Director

Bruce Crowell


Bruce became the EMS Director of Kirk’s in the fall of 2016 and brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the company with over 23 years of working EMS. Bruce was previously the Director of Carnegie Ambulance from 2003-2013 where he excelled in training of the EMS staff to bring the service from a BLS service to a fully licensed ALS service. He then coordinated the merging of Mountain View Ambulance into Carnegie Ambulance to improve services in the county. Bruce is very dedicated to the growth of Kirk’s while maintaining, improving, and growing relationships within the Lawton community.


Office Manager

Michelle Gipson


Office Manager Michelle Gipson

Michelle has been a member of the Kirk’s family for over 15 years and is a vital asset in the day to day operations at Kirk’s. Michelle’s responsibilities include supervising the dispatch center, payroll, accounting, public relations and the many other duties that come with a 24/7 operation. Michelle comes to us from Walters, but now calls Lawton home for herself and family. If you have a need to call Kirk’s, chances are it will be her cheerful voice who answers your call.