Joel Rutkowski - Chief of Operations
Joel Rutkowski is a veteran EMS provider with 25 years of experience. He has worked as a field level provider, educator and leader.
Joel was initially certified as an EMT in the 1980's while serving overseas in the U.S. Navy. The majority of his military service
time was spent with the Fleet Marine Force, spending time overseas with the 3rd Marine Division, where he served first as a company
Corpsman, then as the Senior Battalion Corpsman for the 1st Armored Assault Battalion. Upon Honorable Discharge from the Navy,
Joel worked many years as both a private detective and a fugitive recovery agent, where he was personally responsible for over 300 felony arrests.
In 1999, he decided to return to the field of Emergency Medicine. Since then, he has served as both a basic and advanced
level field provider, Operations Coordinator and Chief of Operations for the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad.
Joel graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration, and is also, currently an active EMS
educator, teaching Tactical EMS, and active shooter response to; EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement agencies nationally. Joel is also a
Certified Tactical Paramedic through the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedics, and completed the Basic SWAT Operator course,
and the Active Shooter Response Instructor course through the National Tactical Officers Association.
Joel is a currently a member of: National Tactical Officers Association, Special Operations Medical Association, National
Association of EMT's, and National Association of EMS Educators.
Cindy Herr - Deputy Chief
Cindy began her career in EMS at the age of 16 and after graduating high school she completed her paramedic training at
Drexel Universitys EMS program with an Associates degree in EMS management. Upon successful completion of Drexels paramedic
program and acquisition of her National Registry EMT-P certification, she transferred into Drexel Health Sciences program
where she obtained a Bachelors degree. Currently, Cindy is a full-time paramedic, Assistant Chief and Infection Control
Officer at Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. Cindy also maintains part-time employment at various other EMS squads
throughout Bucks County. Currently, Cindy is a graduate student at Philadelphia University, finishing her Masters degree
in Disaster Medicine & Management.
Cindy is also an avid fitness enthusiast and yoga instructor. During her free time she enjoys teaching yoga classes
for emergency services providers and the public.
Brian Huber - Assistant Chief
Brian began his career in EMS while still in high school. He became a Pennsylvania certified EMT in 1986 and received his Pennsylvania
Paramedic certification in 1997. Brian has been employed with LFHRS since 1989. He is also a certified firefighter,
vehicle rescue technician and an emergency vehicle operator instructor.
Currently, Brian serves as a full time Paramedic and Battalion Chief of which his responsibilities include all daily maintenance
and upkeep of the LFHRS apparatus.
Brian lives at home with his wife, three children and three step children.
Thomas Herb II - Assistant Chief / Quality Assurance Coordinator
Thomas (Tommy) is a native to Rural Central Pennsylvania where he began his EMS Career at
the age of 16 as a volunteer member of the Gratz Fire Company. After graduating High School
Tommy attended Harrisburg Area Community College where he obtained National Paramedic
Certification (NREMT-P), and began to work in the Metro Harrisburg Area. Tommy holds a
Bachelors of Science Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, and is
currently attending classes there towards a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Tommy
oversees the extensive quaility assurance program for the organization which views all aspects of
documentation and patient care, to include a 100% review of all calls for service handled by the
organization. In addition to his quality assurance duties Tommy is a certified EMS Instructor
through the Commonwealths Department of Health, as well as a credentialed Pennsylvania State
Fire Academy Instructor. In addtion to formal college education Tommy also holds National
Certification to the level of Fire Officer 4.
In his spare time Tommy enjoys hunting, fishing, and enjoying time in the outdoors with his
family and friends. He is also an avid competitor at National and State level shooting events for
both Sporting Clays and Trap Shooting.
Mike Stebulis - Battalion Chief
Mike started his career in firefighting and EMS at 16 years old volunteering at various fire and EMS organizations in Bucks County.
After graduating high school, he began working full-time in EMS at organizations throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
In 2001, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a medic attached to a Marine unit based in Trenton, NJ.
After serving in the military, he went on to complete his Associates degree in business administration and bachelors degree in
criminal justice and forensic science at American Intercontinental University. He then obtained his National Registry and Pennsylvania
state Paramedic certifications through Montgomery County Community College and the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Institute.
Currently, Mike serves as a full-time Paramedic and Battalion Chief at Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad responsible for
communications, medical supplies, and community outreach programs such as prom promise events at the local high schools. Mike also
works part-time as a Paramedic at several other EMS organizations throughout lower Bucks County.
In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and watching the Flyers and Eagles.
Christopher Woods - Battalion Chief
Chris began his emergency services career at the age of 14 as a volunteer firefighter in Bucks County.
While in high school Chris attended Emergency Medical Technician(EMT) classes at Levittown Fairless Hills Rescue Squad &
obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Currently Chris serves as a full time EMT, holds an associates degree in Specialized Technology,
& is Battalion Chief. As Battalion Chief, Chris oversees our volunteer members, career staff scheduling, & assists the other officers with
their tasks & duties. Chris also works part time at other EMS organizations in Bucks County.
In his free time, Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, hockey, & Native American arts.
TJ Stressman - Captain
TJ started his career in the Emergency services in 1994 at the age of 16, with the Parkland Fire Co., as a Firefighter. As years past he
rose through the ranks from Lt, Captain, Deputy Chief and then Chief. Through the years, TJ attended many Firefighter and Rescue courses
at the Bucks County Emergency services training center. At the age of 30 he decided to become an EMT. TJ passed his EMT exam in 2008
and fell in love with EMS field. TJ has been involved in a few surrounding EMS and Fire organizations through out his career. He is still
involved with the Fire Co. today and enjoys spending time with his family and friends in his off time.
Karla M Hurlbert - Captain
Karla started her EMS career in 2000 as a volunteer EMT for Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. She had already completed her Bachelors
of Science degrees in Education and Theology as well as the Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Microsoft Certified Professional
programs. Karla's technical and educational background quickly moved her into holding various administrative rolls and functions within
the organization. She also served on the Board of Directors. Currently, Karla serves LFHRS as an IT Specialist, Captain,
Infection Control Officer, and BLS/Community CPR instructor. Karla also maintains full-time employment with another organization as their Director of
During her free time, Karla enjoys being with her husband and two children. As a family, they enjoy many outdoor activities, travel and sports.