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Universal ambulance closure leaves 95 people unemployed

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The sun has set on Universal Ambulance, after higher insurance premiums, lower medicaid pay outs and other cuts have put the company in receivership and its 95 employees out of work.

Jim Lymburner has given 19 years of service to Universal Ambulance, and he talked about those years with NBC 10, "it's not just friends and co-workers. Like fire departments, we've become family, working with these people all these years."

The patriarch of this family was Alfred Barbery, who built the company over 30 years ago. He passed away on October 14th, and now less than a month later his company is gone.

Hank Latek was a longtime employee of Barbery's giving 34 years of service to the company, described his longtime boss to NBC 10, "he always had the best interest of people in mind. He was always there for them, and that's what makes this so sad."

For the former employees affected, the surprise of it all is one thing, but for this to happen about six weeks before Christmas, with no warning at all, that's a tough pill to swallow.

Universal Ambulance did not respond to emergency calls, its purpose was to make routine transports like taking a person from their home to dialysis or from a nursing home to rehab. The Department of Health tells NBC 10 that folks in need of ambulance service will not be affected by this closure.

Former employees like Tammy Lymburner though say they'll miss caring for those they've helped, "thank you for letting us provide you with our services for the last 35 years, to all of our patients and facilities."

So this family continues on moving forward together with the memory of their beloved father fresh in their hearts.

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