Memorial fund set up for 30-year veteran EMT who died from cancer

Monroe County (N.Y.) EMT Ron Norton died on Feb. 2 after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017


By Laura French

MONROE COUNTY, N.Y. — A fundraiser has been set up for the family of a 30-year veteran EMT who died from cancer this past weekend. 

EMT Ron Norton died on Feb. 2 after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2017, according to the GoFundMe page set up by his former EMS partner, Greece Ambulance Paramedic Lt. Jacquies Chennell. 

Monroe County EMT Ron Norton, who worked in EMS for more than 30 years, died last weekend from cancer. A memorial fund has been set up to help his family cover funeral costs and other end-of-life expenses. (Photo/Monroe Ambulance Facebook)
Monroe County EMT Ron Norton, who worked in EMS for more than 30 years, died last weekend from cancer. A memorial fund has been set up to help his family cover funeral costs and other end-of-life expenses. (Photo/Monroe Ambulance Facebook)

"I was able to read him every single one of your messages. With his last words he said 'thank you,'" Chennell wrote on the fundraiser page. 

Norton worked at Monroe Ambulance, Brighton Ambulance and Penfield Ambulance, according to his obituary, and "considered everyone he worked with like family." 

Norton was named Monroe Ambulance's EMS Employee of the Year in 2006. He was also a field training officer and helped mentor new EMTs, according to Brighton Ambulance

A spaghetti lunch fundraiser will also be held on Feb. 10 at Brighton Fire Department Station #1 to help raise money for Norton's family and funeral expenses.

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