November 13, 2017




EMS hero Matt Lamb remembered

Charles Lamb (center), his brother Robert, Charles’ wife, Marissa and the couple’s son,
Tristan, 6, with a copy of the Putnam Courier that announcing Matthew’s death.

CARMEL – On November 7, 2007, Matt Lamb, a bright, funny and talented member of Putnam County’s emergency services field, died from massive injuries received in a horrific ambulance crash in Garrison. The Carmel man was riding in the rear of a paramedic vehicle on Route 9 around 5:15 a.m. when the driver lost control and struck a tree while returning from an emergency call.

Lamb suffered massive trauma and although clinically brain dead his family kept him alive so that his organs could be donated.

On Sunday, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered at the Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel and recalled the short life of the 25-year-old.

His brother, Charlie, remembered how “everyone was touched by Matt’s professionalism, his compassion, kindness and that pleasant smile.”  Another brother, Robert, who retired from the EMS field following the death, agreed that “Matt dedicated his life to serve and help the community.”

During his short life, Matt was a volunteer with both the Carmel Fire Department and Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps in addition to being employed by the Empire State Ambulance Company. He had hoped to become a professional firefighter.


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