Curtis is currently the Elected Coroner for Manitowoc County WI. He has held this position for 16+ years and is serving his final term in that position.
He earned his basic EMT certification in 1983 and became licensed as Wisconsin’s youngest Paramedic in 1985. He began his career at County Rescue Services, Metro Ambulance Service and several other services including time in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties CA. After leaving California he managed the largest Air Ambulance Service in the United States, American Medical Transport, based out of Milwaukee WI. He served as a paramedic for a total of 24 years. He was a Department Head for Manitowoc Memorial Hospital in the late 80’s managing the Emergency Room, Ambulance, Lifeline and Specialized transport division. He was the owner of one of Wisconsin’s largest specialized transport services for 16 years and was responsible for approximately 350,000 specialized transports annually.
Curtis was a founding member of Prevent Suicide- Manitowoc County. An organization formed to help reduce the number of suicides and to help families cope with suicide deaths. His commitment to this cause is deep-seated in Curtis. He has had immediate family members die by suicide and homicide and brings a level of empathy to this cause from a unique perspective.
Curtis saw a need for drug prevention and education as the deaths from drug overdoses began to rise in the earlier 2000’s. Curtis has been providing education and training for those affected by drug overdose deaths and the collateral damage drug addiction inflicts on families, friends, EMS and Law Enforcement professionals. For his volunteer work, Curtis was honored to receive the 2015 Health Award from the Manitowoc County United Way. Curtis plans to continue to provide continuing education to Law Enforcement, EMS and Death Investigators following his retirement in 2027.
Curtis has 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren and lives on the hobby farm where his children were raised. He enjoys spending his limited free time at his off grid 176 acres of riverfront property in the north woods of Wisconsin.