After 65 years of service, don’t eliminate Southbury Ambulance
I was planning to speak at the Sept. 20 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, but it was abruptly canceled so I am sending this Letter to the Editor.
Since I can remember, I have wanted to be an EMT with Southbury Ambulance. Please walk through my journey that began when Ms. Hoyt brought me to a Pomperaug Health informational event at the synagogue. When leaving we saw a man had fallen down the hard concrete steps receiving a head injury. I watched in utter amazement as the Southbury Ambulance pulled up to the scene and began helping someone in need.
The two EMTS immediately started assessing the situation. They worked together flawlessly to assist the injured man to the stretcher for transport to the hospital. The crew saved that man’s life. This was the exact moment I knew I had to be part of this association.
Now there is discussion to eliminate Southbury Ambulance Association. Not only would you be discontinuing 65 years of ever-growing history and ever-needed honorable service by passionate, determined EMS volunteers, but you would also be taking what was once a young child’s dream, and now a young adult’s opportunity to serve a town that was built on volunteers. Many young people, including myself, have been touched by this association in meaningful ways; some of us furthered our education to become doctors, PAs, nurses while others pursued being EMRS, EMTS or paramedics.
Please do not take away my and many other youths’ dreams of serving the town that has given so much to us.
This is an apprenticeship in caring and nurturing the people in our community. Why would you want to deprive the people in our community of such a valuable opportunity?