EMTs honored by bar association

SCHROON LAKE A pair of emergency medical technicians have been honored by the Essex County Bar Association. William Calmbacher of Schroon Lake and Malcolm Persons of Olmstedville received the annual Liberty Bell awards during Law Day ceremonies at The Tavern in Schroon Lake. The Essex County Bar Association presents the Liberty Bell award each year on law day in recognition of outstanding community service. Calmbacher is a retired New York City fireman who moved to Schroon Lake in 1988. A well-like person, William has worked to improve things for others, according to Louis Comeau, bar association vice president and master of ceremonies. He does it out of satisfaction to his spirit and for the betterment of the neighborhood. Calmbacher joined the Schroon Lake Emergency Squad in 1996. He because a certified first responder that year and became an EMT in 2002. He responds to about 75 ambulance calls a year and serves as training officer for the Schroon Lake Emergency Squad. Persons is a life-long Olmstedville resident. He and his wife, Catherine, have two children, Sarah and Letita. A well-known citizen, Malcolm has served others needing help, and with true appreciation in reply, Comeau noted. He has also participated in many local projects which people experience and enjoy. Persons joined the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in 1970. He became an EMT that year and received critical care status in 1989. He has served as rescue squad captain and been named squad member of the year several times. Both of these recipients of the 2007 Liberty Bell award serve their communities by quietly and tirelessly providing medical and other care to people in need, according to a statement from the bar association. They do it from their hearts and with the hope that others will join in the endeavor. Let us hope that many will follow in their footsteps. The ceremony included a dinner and remarks from Calmbacher and Persons. The theme of this years Law Day celebration was Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.

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