Larry and Betty Sutton established Sutton Ambulance Service in Taylorville, Illinois in 1969. At that time, ambulance care mostly consisted of basic care such as bandaging, splinting, oxygen, activated charcoal, ipecac syrup, and driving quickly to the nearest hospital.
Today, Sutton Ambulance Service is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance service, which allows us to provide more medical services in the field, including:
Oxygen and advanced airways such as Endotracheal Intubation, Combi-Tube and King Airways
Intravenous (IV) and Intraosseous (IO) therapies
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Cardiac monitoring/basic defibrillation with cardioversion and pacing capabilities
12 Lead EKG with transmitting capabilities to ER
Advanced Life Support (ALS) medicationsAdvanced Life Support (ALS) medications
Larry and Betty’s son, Aaron Sutton, was “born and raised” in the family business, and remembers as a boy standing on a chair looking out the window as the ambulances would come and go. In 2000, Aaron “officially” joined the business and today serves as Operations Manager. Aaron has an associate’s degree in Business Administration, and is an Illinois Registered Nurse and Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse. He is also a certified EMS Lead Instructor through IDPH.
As Operations Manager, Aaron keeps his finger on the pulse of new and advanced procedures to ensure that Sutton Ambulance Service is always on the cutting edge when it comes to the services that are offered in a pre-hospital setting. Aaron’s medical knowledge also enables him to ensure that all Sutton Ambulance Service employees are well-trained, knowledgeable professionals who are constantly honing and developing their skills.
Our employees are experienced, well-trained professionals. Each ambulance is operated by paramedics who have over 500 classroom hours and 500 clinical hours of training. Paramedics are also required to obtain certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, or International Trauma Life Support, be CPR certified and have 120 hours of continuing education every four years.