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North Fork Ambulance honors its volunteers

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Photo by Tamie Meck North Fork Ambulance board president Dan Miller presents Crawford EMTs Rick Steckel, Kathy Steckel, left, and Deb Ferrier with 20-year service awards at the organization's annual meeting at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall. Kirby Clock was reco

Two new board members were elected and 12 volunteers were recognized for their years of service at the annual board meeting of the North Fork Ambulance, held Feb. 20 at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall.

North Fork Ambulance is heading into its 47th year of service. "I think the board is doing very well," said board president Dan Miller.

NFA now has roughly 50 ambulance volunteers and a network of about 50 support volunteers helping to keep the organization running, said Miller. It listed three top areas of concern for the coming year, including maintaining the quickest response time possible to each of the three communities it serves, providing advanced care through education, and finding ways to balance the budget without a reduction in service.

With new equipment like the LUCAS 2 chest compression system, now standard on all ambulances and each costing $30,000, "Trying to stick to the budget and have the best equipment is a challenge," said Miller.

NFA also recently opened a central office in the Hotchkiss Fire District station.

NFA members also elected two new board members. Susann Brown will represent Hotchkiss, Greg Angelovich will represent Crawford, and Mike Hughes was elected to represent Paonia. They replace 10-year board member Clinton Clock (Paonia), Bob Sussman (Hotchkiss) and Don Geddes (Crawford). Connie Johnson was appointed to the board to fill the remainder of the director-at-large seat vacated by Tom Mingen.

During the meeting the following were recognized for their years of service:

5 years: Tanya Gallob, EMT studying for her EMT-Intermediate; Marie Stucker, Hotchkiss driver; and Amber Yates, Crawford EMT.

10 years: Adam Clifford, EMT and Crawford station captain; Tracy Van Vleet, Paonia EMT.

15 years: Blake Kinser, Paonia, EMT and EMT instructor; Doug McCay, Hotchkiss EMT.

20 years: Deb Ferrier, Crawford EMT; Don Ludwig, Hotchkiss driver and fleet vehicle maintenance; Rick Steckel, Crawford EMT, and Kathy Steckel, executive director and EMT studying for EMT-I.

25 years: Kirby Clock, Paonia paramedic.

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