Daniel White, retired paramedic, EMS instructor, writer and inventor, dies at 67
"Dan wanted to make sure EMTs and paramedics had the best devices possible to treat their patients while also ensuring their own safety," said EMS1 Editorial Director Greg Friese
By Leila Merrill
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Daniel Seth White, 67, died on Dec. 8. White was a retired paramedic and EMS instructor. He had 35 years of EMS and emergency medical product experience, according to his blog. White also was an inventor and a technical adviser, according to his obituary.
“He took great pride in designing the White Pulmonary Resuscitator, Speedboard, and numerous medical and trauma kits,” the obituary reads.
White was one of the early EMS1 writers. His EMS1 articles can be found here.
"Dan was passionate about improving patient safety and EMS provider safety," said Greg Friese, EMS1 editorial director. "From advanced airways to helmets for EMS providers, Dan wanted to make sure EMTs and paramedics had the best devices possible to treat their patients while also ensuring their own safety. We are forever grateful to Dan for his contributions to EMS1 and his support for our great profession."
Thomas L. Little, a senior consultant with Fitch & Associates, retired paramedic and emergency manager, crossed paths with White over the years. Little described White as a paramedic’s paramedic and “one of the good ones.”
“What I learned from Dan is that it is about the patient. We are here for them,” Little said in an interview with EMS1. “He was always thinking about how to do the job better.”
Little also described White as stimulating to talk with over the years as both took on new roles in their careers.
While Little owned Medevac MidAmerica in Topeka, Kansas, he equipped his crews with the type of helmet White designed.
White was survived by his children, siblings and a grandson.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Special Olympics of Montgomery County at 980 Harvest Dr., Suite 203, Blue Bell, PA 19422.