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Athol-Thurman 1-16-11

Emergency squad's tearful last sanctioned run?

The Thurman Emergency Squad made their last official outing on behalf of the town Dec. 31 when they picked up a lady on High Street Dec. 31.

The lady was having difficulty breathing and after 911 was called, the squad immediately responded. One member stopped in ahead of the ambulance as she had oxygen to administer for the patient. Within minutes, several local Emergency Medical Technicians were on the scene. Maria Ligon expresses heartfelt thanks to Barb Baker, Skip Bessaw, John Kindred and to all of the crew who were compassionate and knew exactly what to do and what care was needed. Thanks to all the emergency responders, and may the Thurman Emergency Squad soon be up and running again on behalf of local town government - Thurman needs you!

Later it was learned that the Thurman Town Board had canceled the compensation insurance as of 2011 on the squad members. If you are ill, call 911, but the Warrensburg Emergency Squad is the agency to respond, as the town ended its tradition of contracting for service with the Thurman Emergency Medical Services. Of course, if you have good neighbors they could take you by car.

A petition was presented to the Thurman Town Board Dec. 2 with over 277 signatures signed by year-round residents requesting the town retaining the local emergency squad, but the board decided otherwise.

I am getting numerous calls on this issue. One caller said the Board doesn't seem to care about its residents.

another suggested this issue should be put before a public vote. You can voice your opinions by sending a letter to the editor to: Thom Randall c/o Regina Porter, 2 Jennijill Loop, Warrensburg, NY 12885.

Special days up in the hills

Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Gary and Linda Rounds for their 48th on Jan. 18.

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