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    Emergency-services community mourns death of EMT after ambulance crash

    By TERENCE CORCORAN
    THE JOURNAL NEWS


    (Original publication: November 9, 2007)
    CARMEL - Matthew Lamb, the emergency medical technician and volunteer firefighter injured in an ambulance crash, died yesterday at Westchester Medical Center after his organs were donated.


    The emergency services community was mourning the loss of Lamb, a 25-year-old Lake Carmel resident who was fatally injured after the Empire State Ambulance his partner was driving went off Route 9 in Garrison early Wednesday and struck a tree. Lamb was a volunteer with the Carmel Fire Department and the Carmel Ambulance Corps and had hoped to become a professional firefighter.


    Purple and black bunting hung outside the Carmel firehouse off Route 52 yesterday and the flags flew at half staff.


    "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," Carmel Fire Chief Daryl Johnson said.


    In a statement from the Carmel Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, Johnson and ambulance corps Capt. Dave Jacobsen called Lamb's passing "extremely tragic."


    Johnson said his funeral, which was being planned yesterday, will include full department honors. Chiefs from several Putnam departments stopped at the Carmel firehouse yesterday to express their condolences and offer assistance with the services.


    A memorial set up at the rear of the Carmel firehouse, near Lamb's turnout gear, included several photos of him - showing him smiling widely in nearly every one - and two candles.


    Empire State Ambulance also released a statement, expressing its "overwhelming grief" at Lamb's death.


    "There are no words to express how everyone - from his many friends and fellow employees to his patients - was touched by Matt's professionalism, compassion, kindness and always-present smile," Empire State Ambulance said in the statement. "There can be nothing sadder than an individual dedicated to serve and help the community losing his life in such a tragic way. He will be missed and remembered forever."


    Although Lamb was clinically brain dead, his family kept him alive until yesterday so that his organs could be donated. The driver, EMT Jonathan Romero, 27, of the Bronx, was taken to the medical center after the crash with what police described as minor injuries. He was later released.


    Lamb was in the back of the ambulance Romero was driving on Route 9 in Garrison around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday when the vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. State police said it appeared that Romero fell asleep at the wheel. The two were returning from a call when the accident happened.


    Dan Roberts, a spokesman for Empire State Ambulance, said the EMTs work 10-hour shifts, adding that the company has never had a problem with its drivers nodding off at the wheel. He said he had no information on the call from which they were returning.


    Roberts said everyone who knew Lamb is not surprised that he would donate his organs. "It's just a testament to what a fantastic guy he was and how dedicated he was to the medical profession," Roberts said. "He was just a great kid."


    Empire is under contract with Putnam County to provide advanced life support services. But Roberts said the ambulance in the crash was not part of that contract.



    As the Article states also a Carmel Fire Department member; RIP, sad 25 years of age


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    How tragic

    My condolences to the Carmel Fire Department, Empire State Ambulance and the Lamb family for their loss.

    Sleep with angels, Matt

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    EMS L.O.D.D. - Matthew Lamb

    At 05:00hrs on Thursday, November 8th 2007, EMT Matthew Lamb of Carmel, NY passed away at Westchester Medical Center (Vahalla, NY) after injuries sustained in an ambulance collison while on duty with Empire State Ambulance Corp (a commercial EMS provider in the lower Hudson Valley region of NY). He was returning from a private transport on Wednesday, November 7th 2007 at 5AM on Route 9 in Garrison, NY when the ambulance he was riding in went off the road and struck a tree, injuring the driver and killing Matthew.

    Matt was 25 years old, and an EMT with Empire State Ambulance as his full time job. He was a volunteer Firefighter with the Carmel Fire Department for 9 years, and in 2005, recieved the Chiefs award. He also served his community as an EMT with Carmel VAC. Among those he leaves behind, is his fiance and true love, Jennifer, who he was to marry on February 14th, 2009. Matthew's passing leaves a tremendous void in Putnam County and beyond, where he was loved by all that met and were touched by him.

    Matthew was decleared clincially brain dead shortly after the accident, and was transported to Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was brought back from traumatic arrest. He was transported via Stat Flight to Westchester Medical Center, to give other's a chance at life by donating his organs. With his death,he continued to save other live's....a fitting, albeit tragic end but it showed Matthew's true spirit..

    Condolences can be posted by clicking here. All condolences will be printed and sent to the family, Carmel FD, Carmel VAC, and Empire State Ambulance, so please post at the link above, or by visiting http://www.emtbravo.net.

    Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with Matthew, Jennifer, family, friends, and coworkers. The EMTBravo communtity is here for whatever is needed to support them.


    Wake & Funeral Information

    WAKE:
    Cargain Funeral Home
    Fowler Ave. and Route 301 Carmel NY

    Saturday 11-10-07 7PM-9PM (FAMILYONLY)
    Sunday 11-11-07 2PM-4PM and 7PM-9PM (For The Emergency Services Community, Full Dress Uniform Requested )


    FUNERAL:
    Monday 11/12/07 10AM
    St. James Church
    14 Gleneida Ave (AKA) Route 52 Across From Lake Gleneida Ave.

    Emergency Service Agencies participating in the funeral are requested to assemble at
    Carmel VFD Headquarters, 94 Gleneida Ave at 0830 on Monday for the funeral service

    Matt's MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/matty801
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