Editor’s Note: Something to Think About has already been published in the weekly Pocono Record Pike Monroe Life post.
This being the time of year when thanks is at the forefront of our thoughts, this past weekend Bushkill Emergency Corps took the time to thank very special volunteers for their dedication and contribution to the organization and to their turn to all residents and visitors to our communities.
Nine people received service awards for their years of service in the ambulance corps. Often times, we don’t realize that there is work to be done on both sides of the service that may not require the same skills and training as the service providers in the field. There are a number of honorees who provide such services. Backstage service.
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Notably, Gil Coronado (COVID delayed for one year), a resident of Smithfield Township and has further dedicated time to creating and organizing the biggest fundraiser, the Fall Gala. The second recipient recognized for two years of service was Leon Prince, Jr., a resident of the Township of Middle Smithfield. Leon has years of service both as an emergency medical service provider and in the fire department, and is now another member of the community at large.
Each of them has been recognized for five years of service: Violette Francios, resident of Lehman Township and volunteer for the administrative side of the operation and Zerla Bartolome, member of the board of directors, resident of Middle Smithfield Township. Zerla represents the community at large and comes to the board with her vast knowledge of coding in the medical field.
COVID has delayed recognition of two EMT providers who have dedicated ten years of volunteer service to the Bushkill Emergency Corps. The mother and daughter team of Judy Ciccone and Stephanie Ciccone-Felmly, both from Lehman Township, have provided care to many residents and visitors and are part of the honored group of “frontline workers”!
Long-standing service with the Bushkill Emergency Corps provides stability and deserves recognition for its dedication. Community-at-large board member Albert Murray, Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps (retired New York Supreme Court Judge Albert Murray, Sr.) and served on the board of directors for 15 years. A resident of Middle Smithfield, with his legal training, he helped “a firm hand on the tongue”, as the saying goes.
Lifetime membership in the Bushkill Emergency Corps requires long-standing service. 25 years to be exact. Kim Kuehn joined the list this year with her years of service. A former resident of Lehman Township, Kim maintained her association with Bushkill even after leaving the immediate area.
Middle Smithfield and Smithfield Townships, as well as Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company, Marshalls Creek Fire Company, and Shawnee Fire Company, also received Certificates of Appreciation for their continued support to the Bushkill Emergency Corps. Special recognition was given to Porter Township resident Dawn Russell for her contribution to the administrative side of operations.
CPR Savings: Achieving a CPR economy requires skill, speed of processing, and perfect timing. Last year, Bushkill Emergency Corps providers had two such opportunities. The CPR Save recognition was awarded to five people for two patients who recovered and were discharged from the hospital. The following providers received CPR Save pins: John Wittig, Raymond Felmly, Jr., Ryan Felmly for sudden cardiac arrest and a second patient’s team for sudden cardiac arrest visited Nancy Felmly and Ray Felmly , Sr.
And finally, and this recognition is the one I have the honor to give, Barbara Kulick (Mum of mine), has been a volunteer with the Bushkill Emergency Corps for 45 years! From 1976 as a volunteer EMS provider, she continued until the age of 72 as an ambulance provider. For the past 34 years she has served as the organization’s financial secretary and, must I say, has done a great job. All of these recordings are handwritten and accurate! If we can all have his dedication, we will indeed be blessed!
Providing a service to the community requires all types of work. The help and dedication of all of these volunteers and many more keeps the wheels spinning so that, when and where their services are needed, Bushkill Emergency Corps teams can be there to help!
Debbie Kulick writes a weekly column for the Pocono Record and works on the front line as an EMT.