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Educating EMTs Since 1983
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Michael J. Latta answered his last call 26 April 2007. He was 21 years old.
Mike completed the StarFire EMS Basic EMT program (then held at Northern Essex Community Col- lege) and, once certified as an EMT, joined us as a skill lab instructor. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious! Mike was most excited when students he was working with "got" whatever it was they were working on. He is sorely missed!
When working as an EMT for Patriot Ambulance Service, Mike suffered cardiac arrest while driving the ambulance. Mike's partner and a paramedic working on a patient in the back of the ambulance were injured in the accident. The patient, already in cardiac arrest, unfortunately did not survive.
Despite heroic efforts by paramedics transporting Mike to the hospital and by the Saint's Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department staff, Mike's heart had stopped forever. He leaves his family, his paternal grandmother, and in 2010 a nephew as well as host of co-workers and friends who will never forget his kindness, friendship, and love!
At the time of his death, Mike was researching paramedic programs and planned to enroll in the fall of 2007 to take the next step in his education and EMS career.
In his memory, Mike's family established the Michael J. Latta EMS Scholarship Foundation for EMTs who emulate Mike's characteristics of a strong work ethic, dedication, energy, and enthu- siasm and who are seeking to further their EMS education to become paramedics.
In 2010, the award carried special meaning to Mike's family and the Scholarship Committee as one of the award recipients was Mike's Basic EMT course partner Kristen Dutile. Kristen graduated from her paramedic course Saturday, 23 June 2012 and certi- fied as a paramedic in July 2012. Congratulations Kristen!
Currently, scholarship awards do not cover the full cost of tuition - but each year's fund raising activities increase the monies available to be awarded. The family's goal is the Foundation will be able to award a full tuition scholarship.
We'd love it if you are able to make a donation. If you can, please go to http://www.eccf.org and use the drop down menu to find the Michael J. Latta EMS Scholarship Fund. Any contribution you can make to help EMTs continue their education will be greatly appreciated.