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National EMS Week - May 15 through May 21, 2011

Cameron Dubay and Mike Corey, of Minerva traveled in ambulances from the towns of Willsboro and Essex to the Bronx, one of the hardest hit outer boroughs, to work 12-hour shifts.

"The snowstorm crippled emergency medical services there and resulted in roughly 1,300 backed up 911 calls," Corey said.

Local emergency service personnel have also received high praise. Recently, Bob Elling was named as the New York State Advocate of the Year Elling, who is a Clinical Instructor at Albany Medical Center working as a paramedic instructor at Hudson Valley Community College, also is a medic with Colonie EMS, and at Whiteface Mountain. He has authored several textbooks for paramedic students, often collaborating with his wife, paramedic Kirt Elling.

"Teaching others to be EMTs and paramedics saves lives, but changing the laws will have the greatest impact on prevention," Elling said. "If everyone who graduates from high school learns CPR, we can be assured that the general public knows what to do if someone collapses with sudden cardiac arrest in front of them."

Local emergency squads are always seeking new members to help out their neighbors, friends and communities.

For more information in learning more about emergency services or becoming a volunteer, contact Bashaw at 873-3699.

You can also talk with your local emergency squad about becoming a member. Emergency squads can be reached at:

Bill Minogue, Capt.

Au Sable Forks Ambulance

23 School Lane

PO Box 835

Au Sable Forks, NY 12912

Patty Bashaw, Capt.

Elizabethtown-Lewis

Ambulance

3 Fox Run Road

PO Box 443

Elizabethtown NY 12932

Kevin Shaw, Capt.

Essex Rescue Squad

Route 22

PO Box 72

Essex, NY 12936

Randy LeClair, Capt.

Keene Rescue Squad

1300 Hurricane Road

PO Box 136

Keene, NY 12942

Lisa Hudson,Rescue Chief

Keene Valley

Rescue Squad

Market Street

PO Box 699

Keene Valley, NY 12943

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