NJ volunteer EMT recognized for 60 years of service
Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps EMT and Vice President Jack Luts received the Mayor's Hero Award on Monday; Luts joined the agency in 1960
By Laura French
MADISON, N.J. — A New Jersey volunteer EMT was presented with an award this week in recognition of his 60 years of service.
Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps EMT and Vice President Jack Luts, who joined the agency on July 14, 1960, at age 18, was given the Mayor's Hero Award by Madison Mayor Bob Conley at a borough meeting on Monday, according to Patch.com.
Luts has held many positions throughout his six decades at the agency and currently serves as its vice president. He still works one shift per week on the ambulance and says he has no plans to retire from EMS, noting that he just recently renewed his EMT certification.
Luts said he was inspired to join the agency after a friend joined and told him they needed more volunteers. He said the need for volunteers continues to this day.
"We need people. This is a dangerous time for an EMT, and we need volunteers. We provide the training, the certifications, the equipment. We just need people who want to help," Lutz told Patch.com. "The people I work with are the most courageous people. I'm privileged to work with them and I don't plan on slowing down. Helping people is a wonderful thing."