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Schroon squad dedicates new rig

SCHROON LAKE - The Schroon Lake Fire Department Emergency Squad has dedicated its new ambulance one of its own.

"Peter Gushee was a long-term captain of the emergency squad, twice stepping in as captain when incumbent officers were not able to keep up with their duties," explained Ed Russell, squad captain. "Mr. Gushee led the emergency squad from EMT-Basic to advanced life support-paramedic level care. Mr. Gushee worked very hard to keep Schroon Lake FD EMS an all-volunteer staffed ambulance."

A plaque recognizing Gushee's service has been affixed to the new ambulance and was unveiled at a ceremony in December.

Gushee was honored again with an open house at the Schroon Lake fire house on Jan. 31.

The event recognized Gushee for his many years of service to the department and the citizens of the area. Free refreshments were served and visitors were able to get a first-hand look at the new ambulance recently dedicated to Gushee.

The new ambulance is a 2008 Premiere from Northeastern Rescue Vehicles of Syracuse.

Members of the emergency squad worked two years to design an ambulance and find a manufacturer to produce it. Premiere is made by the same company that produces McCoy Miller ambulances, another popular brand.

"The new ambulance marks the first major design change in Schroon Lake's ambulances in 30 years and was forced when the previous design was discontinued," Russell said. "The new ambulance replaces an ambulance that had been in service since 1999."

While one department, the Schroon Lake Fire Department works as two entities - a fire company and an ambulance squad, each with its own officers and membership.

The Schroon Lake Fire Department is one of the area's busiest. The fire company responded to 170 calls in 2007, while the ambulance squad answered 373 calls for help - more than one a day.

Those interested in more information about the Schroon Lake FD Emergency Squad can contact Russell at 532-9511.

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