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Thurman EMS will prevail!

To the Editor:

Thurman EMS will not allow the events of the April 8th public hearing at the Town Hall deter their dedication and determination. The Company will remain solvent, satisfying their obligations and responding to emergency calls when there is a volunteer available.

The squad’s problems with the Town of Thurman government started under Supervisor Red Pitkin, who walked out of office in the middle of his term. They have deteriorated since then, when Al Vasak took over at that time as Deputy Supervisor, and then Evelyn Wood was installed. All of this upheaval caused the squad to turn in its Advanced Life Support certification when the squad leaders of that era decided to dissolve, realizing it was futile to reason with the town leaders, and were poised to consolidate with Johnsburg Emergency Squad.

When the situation became so exasperating in trying to work things out with the Town, the squad leaders of that time simply walked away in disgust. As pointed out at the public hearing by a resident, the Town Board — instead of supporting the squad and trying to help it get back on its feet — has doggedly worked against the agency. Just when the squad was ready to receive the renewed ALS certification, the Town pulled its financial support, and the ALS Certification went down the tubes.

The squad is here, however, and will stay here. We are starting off fresh with renewed resolve, and we will continue to serve the Thurman community in whatever way we can.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Heidi Baker and her group for arranging the upcoming auction; to Jim DeSourdy for the “car wash” events; to Becky DeSourdy for the upcoming spaghetti dinner; to Fred Witz for his financial help with the payroll fund and uniforms; to Mike Eddy and his company for repairs and maintenance to our squad building; and all the other residents who have stood strong behind us. We will always be there for you, and humbly accept with gratitude and love, your verbal and financial help.

We look forward to 2014!

Jean F Coulard, President, and all members of Thurman Emergency Services

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