Ga. teen buys ambulance, teaches peers about EMS
Lucas Hartzog, 16, who aspires to become an EMS provider, uses a retired ambulance he restored as a teaching tool for his high school classmates
By Laura French
EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia teen purchased and restored a retired ambulance that he now uses to teach his peers about EMS.
Lucas Hartzog, 16, a student at Effingham County High School, has had a passion for EMS since he was a young child, according to WTOC. Hartzog said he spent a lot of time around medical professionals after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
"What these people are doing is amazing and that's what I want to do. I want to help people," Hartzog told WTOC.
Hartzog now teaches lessons about the EMS industry at schools across Effingham County, using his ambulance as a teaching tool. Hartzog said he purchased the retired ambulance from Beaufort County and restored it to a fully functioning and fully stocked condition through hard work and donations over the course of a year.
The teen said he hopes talking to other young people about EMS will inspire interest in the career path and demonstrate that any passion is achievable.