Dennis E Svoboda
Crematory Manager/ CCO
Dennis is a Certified Crematory Operator and is the Crematory Manager for Lauber Funeral and
Cremation Services/Blue Valley Crematory.
Dennis was born and raised in Lincoln, NE,
graduating from Lincoln Southeast High School 1975, attended Nebraska Wesleyan
University. Dennis received his EMT certification in 1974, State of Nebraska
#2351 and received his diploma as a paramedic from Creighton University, State
of Nebraska #209. Graduate of the National Fire Academy Emergency Medical
Services Management program and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) Emergency Management programs.
Dennis began his
career in Emergency Services in 1973 and was an EMT/Dispatcher with Shurtleff
Ambulance, EMT/Assistant Director of York County Ambulance and Paramedic with
Eastern Ambulance. Dennis was an Emergency Medical Service Specialist and Chief
Inspector with the Nebraska Department of Health (now HHSS) Emergency Medical
Services Program in Kearney, NE. Dennis provided
support to State and Local EMS providers on EMS systems status management,
development and upgrading EMS systems basic and advanced life support services,
communication systems. Provided compliance inspections of all licensed
ambulance and first responder services throughout Nebraska. Provided input and
advice (local & State level) on proposed legislation, establishment, and
implementation, of regulations and statutes on EMS and hazardous materials
issues. While living in Kearney,
Dennis was the weekend weather anchor for KHGI TV.
back to Lincoln Dennis was the coordinator for the State Emergency Response
Commission with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. Dennis provided direction to the
commission to meet the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know
act of hazardous materials planning, response, recovery, and legislation. Per
the commission direction
worked with local government agencies, volunteers, nonprofit entities, local
businesses and media on reorganizing or development of Local Emergency Planning
Committees (LEPC) for dealing with hazardous materials and all hazard
from active Emergency Services after 38 years.
That did not
last long. To quote Michael Corleone, The Godfather 3: "Just when I
thought I was out... they pull me back in."
Dennis currently serves as the Administrative Director of
Rescue 503, American EMS History, an organization to preserve and promote the
history of EMS.
In 2021 Dennis marks 48 years of Emergency
Dennis has been
married to Karen since 1981 and we have three daughters, Sarah, Megan, and
Allison, sons-in-law Jared and Paul, and 4 grandchildren.