Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service members stand with a plaque they received in recognition of being named recipients of the 2010 New York State EMS Association EMS Agency of the Year Award last weekend in Syracuse. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Matteau, Kris Eney, Sarah Hyland, Walter Bordeau, Kent Faus, Gene Carroll, Kim Bracey, Bill Sapel and Terry Pelkey.
continued “We only missed four calls for the whole year,” said Faus, who noted the service has consistently improved on its response rate despite the growing demand for time members face between other commitments such as work and family.
The self-nomination package also included media coverage of the ambulance service’s rescue of Charlena Scroggins, a young woman trapped in a motor vehicle accident last year on Kent Falls Road, and Scroggins’ reunion with her rescuers months later to give them her personal thanks. That information, combined with the number of public safety events the ambulance services hosts on a regular basis, was what Faus believes helped the Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service stand out this year.
“It was really cool because we didn’t know our information was being submitted to the state level for consideration,” said Faus.“Evidentially, because of everything, the state thought we were the valid recipients for this award.”
That hit home with Faus and members of the squad.
“It was one of the proudest days of my career, if not everybody else’s,” said Faus. “It’s motivated our membership to strive that much more to achieve higher goals and aspirations.”
In addition to the recognition of the overall squad, emergency medical technician Terry Pelkey was recognized with the EMT-Basic of the Year Award by the Mountain Lakes council.