A Southwest Ambulance emergency medical technician killed Wednesday near Coolidge left behind a husband, five children under age 11, and was 8 1/2 months pregnant when she died.
Tammy Mundell, 29, of Apache Junction, died when her ambulance crashed with three other vehicles at the intersection of state highways 87 and 287.
"She was pregnant and about to have a kid and that’s what’s killing everybody," said Gary August, president of the local chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters union. He worked with Mundell last weekend covering Country Thunder.
"Especially when she was pregnant, she had a glow about her," August said. "She could have been on maternity leave a month ago but wanted to keep working."
Another Southwest Ambulance employee, Sandra Williams, is in critical condition at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix from the crash, Weiss said. A prison inmate and corrections officer from the state prison in Florence also in the ambulance were flown to Valley hospitals.
Their conditions were not available.
Besides the EMT job, Mundell volunteered with the Maricopa Medical Rescue Posse, Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse, Pinal County Search and Rescue and Pinal Dive Team.
"The Southwest Ambulance family is just devastated," said Josh Weiss, a company spokesman.
The company's Web site, www.swambulance.com, has a photo and brief message mourning Mundell's death.
A message board will soon be set up for friends and co-workers to post comments and memories, Weiss said.
Southwest Ambulance has established a memorial fund for Mundell's family. Checks may be made out to Tammy Mundell and dropped off at any Arizona Federal Credit Union.
According to state law, Mundell's husband and five children are now eligible to receive full tuition waivers to state universities because she died in emergency service.
- Capitol Media Services contributed to this report.