A 25-year member of the Johnson County ambulance service suffered a heart attack Friday while on duty and later died after resuscitation efforts failed.
Lt. Edward Ned Neustrom, a paramedic and department mentor, was found by firefighters about 10:45 a.m. at the station where he was assigned, 13801 Switzer Road, Overland Park. He was 49. Co-workers tried to resuscitate him and transported him to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Neustrom began his career as an emergency medical technician in 1978 with the county's Med-Act Department. Two years later he became a paramedic and in 1984 was promoted to lieutenant.
"Ned was one of the foundational people who made Med-Act what it is," said County Manager Mike Press, a former paramedic who began his career with Neustrom. "He had a gruff exterior that dissipated once you got to know him."
Neustrom was part of the department's disaster response team, special operations group, emergency operations team and served as a training officer. Two years ago he helped launch a partnership between Overland Park's Fire Department and Med-Act.
Neustrom and his wife, Linda, were married 23 years, and are the parents of three daughters.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at DW Newcomers at 112th & Metcalf.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at DW Newcomers at 112th & Metcalf.
The funeral services will be with full public safety honors.