It's been a while since I wrote a column about the Ambulance Squad, and since I'm pressed for time today because of an ambulance run this morning, it seemed like a good time to check in on the subject. Plus, readers seem to enjoy hearing about it, from the comments I get in conversation.
The run this morning came at about 9 a.m., and since it was a weekday I knew my turn was up. Most of our members are working (many of them out of town) on weekdays. Since as a writer I work at home, that's the time when I try to be extra available. Our other EMTs who are most often available during weekdays are Jack Napper, Judy Napper, and Ben Sudduth, but each of us has times when we need to be at work and can't respond. Jim Westover Jr. usually drives the rig.
There were two calls over the weekend that I didn't go on, since I was working then (though I always monitor the pager in case more manpower is needed). They had Nappers and Westovers responding on those calls, too, I do believe.
Everyone on the squad responds when they can, but I'm here to testify that Nappers and Westovers have elevated emergency response into an art form. I don't know what we'd do in town if not for them, and the many others who have served much longer than myself. Actually, I do know. We'd be paying a couple of hundred grand or more a year for a professional service. Talk about your high taxes! So please consider joining the squad. It's a great thing to do, for example, if you're retired and have a little time on your hands, especially (though not necessarily) if you have any kind of medical background at all. Please think about it. We would welcome you.
Next up in my lecture series at the Whallonsburg Grange, I'll be talking about the history behind the exciting novel King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard, a rousing tale of greed and adventure set in Africa during Victorian times. That's Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.