John Moore and Grant Medical Center



Columbus, Ohio


John Moore, age 56, died on March 29, 2010, in the Line of Duty at the Columbus Division of Fire. John Moore was a 25 year employee of Grant Medical Center LifeFlight as a part-time Flight Paramedic and a current employee of the LifeLink Department. He was a 34 year veteran Firefighter/Paramedic for the Columbus Fire Department and an EMS Instructor at the Department’s Training Academy. He continued his Flight Paramedic career for MedFlight when Grant and OSU merged flight programs in 1995. He was a Flight Paramedic for 26 years. John’s efforts were instrumental in the success of Grant LifeFlight’s first remote helicopter base in Wellston, Ohio in 1986. This was the first remote medical helicopter base in the country. This remote base was placed in Southern Ohio by Grant LifeFlight to improve the rapid response of helicopter crews in Southern Ohio to optimize patient survival in rural areas. John spent a significant amount of time promoting Grant’s Trauma Program and its helicopter service through outreach education at Fire and EMS agencies across the state during the past 26 years as an employee of Grant LifeFlight and Grant LifeLink. John continued to work for Grant when the LifeFlight Department transitioned and was renamed the LifeLink Outreach Education Program in 1995. He also continued to teach in Grant’s Medic School known as the Grant Medical Center/Franklin County FireFighter’s Paramedic Program. In 1999, John was indispensable in the creation of the OhioHealth First Aide Centers at the Nationwide Arena on behalf of Grant LifeLink as a Special Events Paramedic. John Moore has touched countless lives as an EMS provider, Flight Paramedic and EMS Educator. His contributions to the improvement of care for pre-hospital patients through his efforts at the Columbus Division of Fire, Grant LifeFlight, Grant LifeLink and Grant’s Medic School are invaluable.



John was preceded in death by his parents Otis and Emma Jayne Moore. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sue; loving daughter, Jayme (Dana) Smoot; devoted son, Steven Perry; granddaughter, Sophia Jayne Smoot; sister, Valorie (John) Rushing all of Columbus, OH; and a host of close relatives; nieces, nephews; cousins; and friends.



Funeral ceremony will be Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215, where the family will receive friends, 9 a.m. until then start of services. Interment in Green Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John P. Moore Memorial Fund, established at Fifth-Third Bank.




April 5, 2010

Karen H. Connors, President

Grant Medical Center