Rob Hamilton, Marine Veteran
President, Med-Trans (A GMR Solution)
Rob Hamilton’s love of service happened at an early age. When he was 15 years old his younger sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As the big brother, he knew he wanted to do something to help so he started taking EMT classes. At the ripe old age of 15, he became a certified EMT and volunteered for his local rescue squad. Although he was not even old enough to drive a car, he knew how to save a life!
During his high school years, Rob became an Advanced Life Support provider. After graduating, he went into the Fire services in York County, Virginia where he became a nationally registered paramedic. Rob still holds his certification today. While attending college, he continued to volunteer with the local rescue squads in Charlottesville, VA.
Coupled with his love of service and a father who served in the Air Force, it’s no surprise Rob decided to carry on the family tradition of service when he joined the Marine Corps. Rob chose the Marine Corps as his branch of service because of their reputation for being highly disciplined and focused—skills that would serve him well as he progressed in his career.
During his time as a Marine, Rob was chosen to be a member of the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, which is a 24-man rifle platoon. The purpose of the platoon is to exemplify the discipline and professionalism of the Marine Corps. Once selected, Marines are assigned to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. to serve a two-year ceremonial tour.
“It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Rob explains. “We had the privilege of serving heads of state, honoring fallen comrades as well as honoring a fallen president.” Rob also was called into duty and deployed to the Pentagon after 9/11, something he will never forget.
“My years in the Marine Corps and the many years of fire and EMS experience have taught me patience, how to be calm and confident during a crisis and reinforced my commitment to service,” Rob said.
After Rob left the Marine Corps, he continued serving and returned to the world of EMS. He has been a practicing paramedic since 1988 and worked with both Fire and EMS agencies. He has also been flying since the mid-nineties and keeps all his licenses current.
Rob’s career has taken him from a volunteer in the EMS industry to his position today as President of Med-Trans. With his more than 30 years of experience, Rob continues to be hands-on and wants to do more than just sit behind a desk. As the President, he leads a workforce of over 1,500 employees and likes surrounding himself with people who share his passion for patient care and service to others.
“EMS is a supportive community, we are like a family,” Rob explains. Rob is committed not only to his employees, but to his community and his country.