Thursday, May 23, 2013
American Legion Ambulance Service
The first American Legion Ambulance Service was launched in 1924 by the David C. Harrison American Legion Post #14.
Its 18 founding members were World War I veterans who volunteered to transport the sick and injured to hospitals in Wilmington, Dover, Milford, and beyond. This was the first American Legion Ambulance Service in the world.
Prior to its establishment, persons needing medical assistance were transported by train. At the time of its founding, services were provided to a district that extended from Summit Bridge to Milford.
The American Legion Post #14 Ambulance Service has been in continuous operation since its founding and now serves an area from the Delaware Bay to the Maryland border, from Collins Beach to Garrison’s Lake.
Staffed largely by volunteers, the service was responsible for answering more than 25,000 calls for assistance during the first 75 years of operation.
Originally located on South Main Street, the service moved in 1961 to:
111 West Glenwood Avenue
Smyrna, Delaware 19977
For more information or for donations, call (302) 653-6465.