"Humble Heroes" is a paperback book that chronicles the history of funeral home operated ambulance service in the United States. The story is told in 56 pages of narrative, including nearly 50 historic and contemporary photographs. The material is exhaustively researched and the book contains over 100 end note references. A "must have" for anyone who wants to learn the entire history of emergency medical service in the U.S.
"Humble Heroes" offers a concise, illustrated history of a vital, but nearly forgotten, period in American emergency medical service. Up until the 1970's funeral homes large and small operated emergency ambulance service across the nation. Sadly, many in the mortuary industry have no recollection of this, and most mortuary science colleges give the topic scant attention.
Through 15 chapters, "Humble Heroes" addresses the manner in which funeral homes operated this important public service. Topics include equipment, training, finances, personnel, response times, as well as an explanation of why so many funeral homes bowed out of the ambulance business in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
"Humble Heroes" was written by Scott Reinbolt, with photos by Bill Dever, Dr. Jim Moshinskie and Kent Kirkley.