The Michael J. Latta EMT Scholarship Fund
He dreamed of continuing his education to become a Paramedic but on April 26, 2007, Michael died of an apparent heart attack while on duty with the Patriot Ambulance Company. In the days and weeks that followed his death, grieving family and friends raised money to start a scholarship to honor Michael and his achievements and dreams. The scholarship would be used to help other EMTs to become Paramedics. Although the plans were made, the scholarship needed a home. The Latta family turned to the Essex County Community Foundation and set up a scholarship fund giving the family a way to continue to support the aspirations of their son by encouraging other young, passionate and dedicated students in the field of emergency medicine to become paramedics.
Nikki Latta comments “ECCF is helping my family create a permanent memorial in Michael’s honor. They are providing the expertise and support so that we can help other EMTs realize Michael’s dream of becoming a Paramedic.”