Karl Kurtz started his 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.

Though the company has moved from humble beginnings in New Lenox, AMR Kurtz has now grown to provide EMS services to areas nationwide. Kurtz Ambulance Service has now come to be known as AMR Kurtz, a Global Medical Response solution.