New ambulance named in honor of former paramedic


MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — The Monticello Fire Department unveiled a new ambulance Friday afternoon. It’s being named in honor of a former member of the department.

The department purchased a 2016 Advanced Life Support ambulance earlier this month. It has been named in honor of Larry Smith.

Larry Smith retired after serving 22 years with the department. He was one of the first three paramedics in White County in 1981 when Advanced Life Support services was first offered by the Monticello Fire Department. He was then the department’s first EMT coordinator.

Larry Smith passed away from a terminal illness earlier this year. His family was invited to the memorial. His son, Joe Smith, said naming the ambulance after him will be a constant reminder of his service in the community.

“It’s kind of neat to see his name and his pictures on the vehicles up here. People in the community are going to see this for at least the next six years it’s in service so it’s pretty awesome,” Joe Smith said.

Larry Smith played a key roll in bringing paramedics and Advance Life Support ambulances to White County.