Jon served more than 10 years as a coroner for Outagamie County.
He earned his EMT certification at the age of 17, a month before he graduated from high school. At the age of 18, he was hired by Gold Cross Ambulance. Soon, he began paramedic training and went on to work 14 years at Gold Cross.
Jon became a registered nurse and worked for 3 ½ years in the intensive care unit at Appleton Memorial Hospital. In 1994, he was hired as a flight nurse at ThedaStar. He worked there for 14 years, helping to “grow the program.” Jon developed the program’s newsletter and was instrumental in the program acquiring a twin-engine helicopter in 2002.
In 2008, Jon joined Flight for Life when they opened a new base in Fond du Lac. He retired from flight nursing in 2017, capping more than 22 years of providing care in the air. In 2002, he was awarded a Nightingale Award for “Excellence in Nursing Practice” from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. In 2017, he was recognized as a “Star of Life” by the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin. Most recently, he worked as a COVID vaccinator, administering thousands of injections to people.
Jon’s writings have been published in “Air Medical Journal” and “A Legacy of Caring,” a book commemorating the first few decades of flight nursing. In October 2021, his first book, titled “Coroner Calls,” was published and is available on Amazon.com. He continues to document the history of emergency medical services in the area and hopes to have it published soon.
He is married and the father of two daughters. He has three granddaughters. He enjoys photography, boating, traveling, and learning about local history. He recently became addicted to pickle ball.