Though the company has moved from humble beginnings in New Lenox, Kurtz has grown to nearly 800 employees spanning many states.

Karl Kurtz started the business by opening a funeral home November 3, 1977, in New Lenox. Three weeks later, he started Kurtz Ambulance Service, driving a 1972 maroon colored Cadillac ambulance. Friends said the ambulance service would never make it, but he wound up making more than 300 runs the first year.

The current management staff consists of people who have been long-term employees, and have grown with them throughout the years.