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. 


Lucas Hartzog, a Healthcare Science student at ECHS, purchased and renovated an ambulance and is presenting his real hands-on project to his classes today! Way to go, Lucas!!

Posted by Effingham County School District on Thursday, September 10, 2020

CHECK HIM OUT: 16-year-old Lucas Hartzog loves to show off his first car. But it just so happens his first car is an...

Posted by WTOC-TV on Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Recommended for you

Join the discussion

Copyright © 2022 EMS1. All rights reserved.