By Julie Ann Madden
An Iowa native who just finished serving on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps is now in charge of the Akron Ambulance Service through Siouxland Paramedics Inc.
Tony Klein, the son of Lori and Larry Klein, grew up on his family’s farm near Dunlap and graduated from Boyer Valley High School in 2004. He went on to study paramedics at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs before joining the military.
“I wanted to serve my country before I became too old,” said Klein, who entered the U.S. Marines in April 2007. He served five years, including three deployments, one each to Iraq, Afghanistan and then he was attached to the amphibious assault ship/aircraft carrier, the USS Peleliu, and toured the world as an intelligence analyst.
With the ship, Klein traveled to Guam; Darwin, Australia; East Timor; Yemen; Somalia, Pakistan, where they provided humanitarian aid to flood victims in 2010; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Phuket, Thailand; Subic Bay, Philippines; Hawaii and finally docked in San Diego, Calif.
Since his discharge from active duty in April 2012, Klein has continued to serve in the inactive military Reserves. He has earned the rank of Sergeant. He also reentered the medical field.
He joined Siouxland Paramedics Inc. of Sioux City in September 2012 and has been serving in Akron as an Emergency Medical Technician since Dec. 17. He works the daytime shift, Monday through Friday, and can often be found at the Akron Ambulance Service at Fourth and Mill Streets. He is studying to earn his paramedics certification at Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
When Klein isn’t at the Akron Ambulance Service, he can often be found back home farming with his grandfather and father. He also enjoys four-wheeling and “anything outdoors.” Klein said he hopes to add league bowling to his list of hobbies.
In addition to his parents, Klein has two sisters: Jessica and her husband Rob Smith; she serves as a B2 Bomber maintenance instructor at the U.S. Air Force in Whiteman, Mo.; and Bridget and her husband Brad Steppuhn of Woodbine. He has two nephews, Jacob and Matthew, and one niece, Bailey, all whom he adores. His grandparents are Fran and Bob Klein and Jean Dommer.