Santa Monica Fire Capt. Jerry Parker will be honored by the Los Angeles Medical Services for his 39 years serving the public as a paramedic.

Parker started his career with the SMFD in 1972 and began attending paramedic training two years later. To this day he still maintains his paramedic certification by keeping up with his training.

The SMFD was the first fire department in the country to provide paramedic response via a fire engine, officials said.

The ceremony will take place on May 15 in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.