11/18/06 66 W, 1 I - + 18 - 12 One Sweet Ride

This 1974 Caddy appeared in today's traditional pre-Thanksgiving Christmas parade as part of the Wake EMS procession. The former Raleigh Ambulance Service unit is a gem both inside and out, as a certain photographer can attest. (Mike hitched a ride to the staging area.) First served at a funeral home in Wake Forest, correct? Going in style, indeed.

If memory serves, it was used by Bright Funeral Home. I even saw it on a few 9-1-1 calls with or without Wake Forest Rescue. There was another funeral home in Wake Forest, Lewis, that provided an older version to the rescue squad. It was a ’65 or ’67. The only other rescue squad owned coach that I remember was a mid-50’s Pontiac used by Apex Rescue. There were, however, big cars used in Johnston County. Selma had an early 60’s cadillac that then went to Micro in the mid 70’s. Smithfield (then Johnston County Civil Defense Rescue Service) also used a mid 70’s Pontiac (a raised roof version). Johnston Memorial Hospital operated it’s own ambulances for years, as well. They had a high-top Cadillac and a high-top Pontiac. Johnston Ambulance got the Cadillac, which has since been sold. The first owner of the old Mid-South Ambulance got the Pontiac.

There were also several of the cars used in Raleigh and elsewhere in Wake County as ambulances. Apex Funeral Home had a white Oldsmobile, Bright Funeral Home had their white Caddys, and Screws & Hudson Funeral Home in Zebulon had one, I believe. Beacon Ambulance (WCEMS’ predecessor had several Pontiacs, Cadillacs, and Oldsmobiles) that they ran emergency calls with. Some had raised roofs, others were like the one pictured above.
Beacon changed their name to Medical Transport Service, and they also operated Pontiacs (2), a Cadillac (1), and an Oldsmobile (1). Gray Funeral Home also operated several cars, including a 1969 Cadillac, a 1972 Cadillac, a 1973 Cadillac, and a 1969 Pontiac. There was also another ambulance service that operated around Wendell and Zebulon that operated a mid-60’s Cadillac, I just cannot remember the name.
DJ - 11/24/06 - 16:44

Parkwood also operated a Cadillac that they purchased from a fire department in Pennsylvania, I thin k.
DJ - 11/24/06 - 16:44

Does anyone know where there are some photos of the old Cadillacs,That were ran in & around Wake County?
chris - 11/25/06 - 06:52

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