JOHNSBURG - Johnsburg Emergency Squad has already answered more than 500 calls this year, getting out to 100 percent of its first calls.
In August, the squad elected a new president, James Watsaw, a lifelong resident of Johnsburg and a paramedic for more than 20 years. Last month, 27 Johnsburg EMS members volunteered a total of 717 hours. Ken Allen led the way with 102 hours, Corey Ouellette with 85 hours, Tonya Leddick with 80 hours and John McAlonen with 50 hours.
The squad not only answered all its calls in Johnsburg, but also responded to requests from Minerva, North Warren, Newcomb and Thurman.
It's that time when the squad starts gearing up for ski season. Last year squad members took more than 60 calls off Gore. On weekends, it's not unusual for the squad to run all three ambulances at once.
The squad has an Advanced Life Support crew on call 24 hours a day, but it can't get out without volunteers. Squad members need more help, even if a volunteer can only drive a few hours a week. Stop by the station for information or contact Captain Corey Ouellette at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-5850.