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Town of Mamaroneck/ Village of Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps: 30 Years of Service

by Paula Eisenberg

Town of Mamaroneck/Village of Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps members, left to right: LT Michael Roxbury, EMT Wendy Korotkin, LT Bobby Lunde, Pres. Joseph Russo, EMT Vinny Caiola, EMT Noah Goldberg, Paramedic Mike Liverzani

(September 12, 2002) Larchmont/Mamaroneck VAC is celebrating its 30th year of serving this community, a milestone marked by the Larchmont Village Board of Trustees at Monday night's meeting. Mayor Ken Bialo presented VAC President Joseph Russo with a commemorative plaque, thanking him and the organization for their years of service.

Since their first call on August 10, 1972, VAC has been serving the community in many ways, including responding to emergencies, providing CPR and other first-aid training, and teaching young people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. In 1979, VAC became the first all-volunteer emergency response corps in Westchester County, and today it offers ALS (Advanced Life Support) services as part of the joint Larchmont/Mamaroneck Ambulance District. Larchmont VAC responds to

EMT Vinny Caiola treats "patient" David Commender inside a VAC ambulance

approximately 1100 calls a year, transporting most patients requiring further care to Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. So far this year, LVAC has responded to 109 auto accident/pedestrian struck calls, 16 intoxicated person calls, 31 chest pain calls, 9 choking calls and 13 fire scene stand-by calls, among many other categories of incidents.

Paramedic Scott Glaessgen
The Gazette asked paramedic Scott Glaessgen why he does this kind of work. "I've always been interested in medicine," he said. "I thought at one time I wanted to be a doctor, in fact, and my dad was a New York City firefighter. I guess it's in my blood." The job is rewarding, he said, although patients can sometimes seem unappreciative. "We're seeing them at their worst, of course, but sometimes they say thank you." That human connection is what keeps him going, he said, adding, "The best part of the job is when we can help somebody, and it doesn't have to be a big dramatic call. It can be just a day-to-day kind of thing."

VAC offers a variety of CPR and first aid courses throughout the year, and it is always looking for new volunteers. Check the Gazette's community calendar for notices of upcoming courses, and visit the VAC website for membership information.


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