SPRINGFIELD, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – A paramedic killed in southeastern Colorado Friday night is being remembered by the community as a teacher, mentor and friend.

Officials say Rick Hartley, 63, of Springfield died of injuries sustained when the ambulance he was riding in crashed into the back of a tractor on a road outside Springfield.

Hartley had been riding in the back of the ambulance. He worked as a paramedic with Southeast Colorado Hospital Service and was the director at the time of his death, according to the Baca County EMS website.

The ambulance’s 74-year-old driver, Larry Miller, and 96-year-old James Wyatt, who also was riding in the back, suffered minor injuries.

The 21-year-old tractor driver also sustained minor injuries.

Hartley spent over 30 years working as a paramedic. He also founded a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local first responders, according to KKTV in Colorado Springs.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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