Earl J. Field was the founder and sole owner of Paramedic Services of Illinois, Inc. The company began as Aero Sick Room Supplies, Inc. on January 2, 1970 and transitioned as the services evolved through Town & Country Ambulance and Sick Room Supplies until the current Paramedic Services of Illinois, Inc.
Earl graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1964 and attended Triton College in River Grove. Earl served two years in the United States Army from 1966-1968 as a Combat Medic. Earl had an extensive history in pre-hospital medicine, including EMT-A, EMT-P, and NREMT-P. Earl was also involved at the instructor level. He became an EMT Instructor for Triton College and was an Emergency Crash Rescue Technician Instructor.
He was an American Heart Association Faculty Instructor-Trainer. He was not only a faculty member for the American College of Emergency Physicians Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support and Basic Trauma Life Support Programs, but also served as the Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Coordinator for the State of Illinois. Earl was also a State of Illinois Certified Firefighter II, Fire Apparatus Engineer and served as the Fire Chief for the Lincolnwood Fire Department.
Earl was very active in his community – the Village of Norridge. He served as commissioner of the Norridge Park District from 1982 to 1986. In 1986 he was appointed Trustee for the Village of Norridge. He served in that capacity until 1998. In 1998, the Norridge Village President passed away after 49 years of service. Earl was appointed interim President to finish the term, and was subsequently elected for two more terms, and served until his death in 2009.
Earl’s legacy is with his PSI family and for all of us who have been touched by Earl’s kindness, generosity or friendship. We all miss Earl, but he would be most proud that patients are receiving the best care and prospective paramedic students are receiving scholarship help in his name.