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Junior volunteers busy at Minerva VFD&RS

From left to right are Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Junior Members Gabrielle McNally, Massena Green, and Karissa Wright, practicing the taking of vital signs (blood pressure, pulse rate, and respirations) in Minerva's ambulance.

From left to right are Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Junior Members Gabrielle McNally, Massena Green, and Karissa Wright, practicing the taking of vital signs (blood pressure, pulse rate, and respirations) in Minerva's ambulance. Photo by Mike Corey.

— There are plenty of important activities going on with the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (MVFD&RS) this spring.

One of the most critical of these is the ongoing Junior Membership Program. Currently there are four active junior members, and they have been busy learning about practical emergency medical services as provided by senior members of the MVFD&RS. The four — Massena Green, Gabrielle McNally, A.J. Monthony, and Karissa Wright — are all students at Minerva Central School and are active with the program.

Meanwhile, the MVFD&RS held its annual meeting on Thursday, April 12, at which the membership elected officers and board members and heard end-of-the-year reports.

Newly elected officials of the Department are: Greg Wright (President), Kerry Killon (Chief), Pete McNally (1st Assistant Chief), Greg Wright (2nd Assistant Chief), Ron Howe, Jr. (3rd Assistant Chief), Cameron Dubay (Squad Captain), Lynn Green (Vice President), Debbie Palmatier (Treasurer), Karen Wright (Secretary), Harold Shaw (Board Member) and Mike Corey (Board Member).

On April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the MVFD&RS will hold an open house at its main firehouse on State Route 28N in Minerva.

There will be firefighting and EMS demonstrations, along with refreshments. Volunteers for the MVFD&RS are needed.

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