About Us

The Missouri Emergency Medical Services Line of Duty Death Funeral Response Team is a trained and dedicated Corps of EMS Volunteers that will respond to your department when requested. We are First Responders, EMT's and Paramedics that work and volunteer right here in Missouri. Our goal is that every EMS/Pre-hospital provider that pays the ultimate price receives the honors they deserve during the funeral process.

We provide Honor Guard services and we specialize in assistance with serious injury events and funeral procedures including planning for both Line of Duty and non Line of Duty deaths. It is our mission to represent all members of the EMS profession with honor, dignity, and respect. Additionally, we will also strive to provide compassion, support, and assistance to the families and colleagues of fallen EMS personnel and their departments.

The Missouri EMS LODD Funeral Response team can provide the following services to EMS agencies who have suffered an EMS providers serious injury or death:

  1. Professional Honor Guard services.
  2. Assistance and guidance to your department with the funeral process beginning with death notifications to burial.
  3. Assistance with recognizing and filing for Line of Duty Death benefits on the federal, state, and local levels for surviving families.
  4. Prompt response from our team with years of experience managing EMS providers funerals.


For more information or to activate the Missouri EMS Funeral Response Team please call

1 (800) 274-6914 

Executive Director Tom Yates - (660) 670-1469

State Commander George "Greg" Wright - (660) 415-7990


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