HEROES 2020: RIP Flight Paramedic Don Shambo

Don in 2017 teaching a MedEvac Safety Class

A Pennsylvania community is mourning the loss of a flight paramedic who died December 7, shortly after his retirement from a 45-year EMS career.

Lehigh Valley Health Network MedEvac Flight Paramedic Don Shambo, 63, retired in November after 30 years with MedEvac and nearly a half-century of service as a first responder.

Shambo had been diagnosed with cancer prior to his retirement and died after “a short battle with illness” and weeks in intensive care, said MedEvac Director Bryan Evans.

A statement from Suburban EMS reads, “Don has been a pillar of the both MedEvac and the entire EMS Community in the Lehigh Valley for decades. Don started his career in EMS as a teenager 45 years ago when he joined the Whitehall Fire Department, then becoming an EMT at the Whitehall Emergency Squad. Don became a paramedic in 1980 and actively served many communities across the Lehigh Valley. Don worked for LVHN MedEvac for over 30 years as a Flight Paramedic retiring last month. Don is a past president of the Lehigh County Ambulance Association.”