Nick Campbell; An EMS Leader in PA and a Great Man Passes

Nicholas Harold Standing Campbell of Havertown, formerly of Malvern, died on Aug. 30, 2013 at Penn Rittenhouse Hospice after a lengthy illness. Nick was the beloved husband of Anne Marie Blisard Campbell; loving father of Joanne (Chester Springs), Jessica (Bismarck, N.D.), Colin (Malvern), and Kimberly (Conway, Ark.).

He is also survived by several cousins, numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Nick was predeceased by his parents, Lieutenant Colonel James S. Campbell and Joan Campbell, and his beloved brother, Timothy R.S. Campbell. Nick was born in Wuppertal, West Germany while his father was serving in the British Army of the Rhine.

The family returned home to England but then relocated to the United States in 1958. Nick attended The Haverford School, where his father was on the faculty, but ultimately graduated from Great Valley High School in 1971. Nick received his ASN in 1979 and his BSN in 1981 from Gwynedd-Mercy College. His professional preparation included extensive courses at the Delaware State Fire School and the completion of numerous emergency medical service courses and certifications, including Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Pre Hospital RN.

He began his professional career at Paoli Memorial Hospital, where he served in several capacities including Cardio Pulmonary Therapy and as the first Paramedic Supervisor for Medic 92. Nick was ALS Director for Brandywine Hospital’s Medic 93 and SkyFlight Care for much of his career.

He later worked as a critical care transport RN with TransCare for several years till his retirement due to illness. Over his more than forty years of service, Nick provided visionary leadership in numerous capacities within the region’s fire and emergency services.

His long-term service to the Malvern Fire Company included many years as EMS Chief, as well as various other operational and administrative positions. Under Nick’s leadership, Malvern Fire Company established the first fire department-based paramedic service in Chester County.

His distinguished service to the county also included serving as President of the Chester County Emergency Medical Services Council. Chief Campbell was the recipient of numerous service awards including the Margaret Hoover Brigham EMS Award. Nick’s life celebration service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7th at the Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 Lancaster Avenue in Paoli, PA 19301.

A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6th, at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made via check to the Nick Campbell Memorial Educational Support Fund, c/o First Niagara Bank, 200 W. Lancaster Ave., Frazer, PA 19355, being established in recognition of his role in preparing and empowering a generation of health care providers, or in his name to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in MD

I met Nick many years ago and came to trust and respect him like few others. He was always one of the first I would show new products, because his first impressions were always accurate. He knew what worked on the street and could often pinpoint the critical flaw or hidden strength in any new product instantly.

He was also just a great person. His warmth and compassion were always sincere. He will be missed.



About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for, on and I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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