Humble Heroes

I recently came across and ordered a book entitled “Humble Heroes, Setting The Record Straight About Funeral Home Operated Ambulance Service”

The Book Cover

It arrived a few days ago and I took some time to read most of it yesterday afternoon and will probably finish it tonight. This morning, I came across an article written about the book from none other than my friend and mentor, Todd VanBeck.

My original plan was to read the book and if I thought it was worth it, to order a copy for Todd. He beat me to it.

I never worked for a funeral home based ambulance service, but I did start early enough with the Warren Twp. Rescue Squad to ride/drive the old hearse/conversion ambulance and the one we had was a beautiful White over Sky blue version.

A red version of a 1976 Miller Meteor

George Funeral Home however, was the only ambulance service in Aiken County until 1976 when Aiken County EMS was organized.

An old photograph of a George Ambulance, prior to 1949 when the address changed.

Scott Reinbolt is the author and if you were interested in a copy ($12, + $2 shipping), send an e-mail to Scott at

Circa 1979, our Blue/White color scheme...and a much leaner me.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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1 Response to Humble Heroes

  1. Phil Hale says:

    As a ambulance crew member in 1971, we transferd a lady from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas to her very,very modest home. I noticed an 8×10 publicity photo of Lash Larue, signed “from your whip tossing picture pin pal, lash Larue”. I offered the husband a free ambulance transfer ($15) He refused and paided the S15. I still wish to this day he would have taken me up on that offer.

    Phil Hale


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