EJ Claflin was hired as Executive Director of Putnam County Operation Life in December 2014.

He had previously been employed by Indiana University Health as a flight paramedic and administrator as part of the LifeLine critical care program.  He also spent six years at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin as part of their organ procurement staff after beginning his career as a firefighter/paramedic.

Mr. Claflin has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master’s degree from The George Washington University – both in Emergency Medical Services.  He is also board certified as a flight paramedic, as an organ procurement transplant coordinator and has held National Registry certification as a paramedic for more than two decades.

He resides in metropolitan Indianapolis with his wife and a greyhound from the Putnamville Correctional Facility, Hula.



Joseph Carnagua started as Deputy Director in February 2018.

He was previously a career paramedic with Wayne Township Fire Department and has also held field provider and liaison roles with Wishard Hospital EMS and the MESH Coalition.  He has been involved in emergency medical services since 2001.  Joe brings to Putnam County Operation Life a strong background in high-volume EMS field operations, provider training, surge planning and organizational preparedness.

Mr. Carnagua has a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services & Disaster Planning from the University of Indianapolis, and is currently in the process of completing a concurrent master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from UIndy.

He resides in Hendricks County with his wife.