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Capital Health MSU-179 visited PFAS to show the equipment to interested members.
This unit, MSU-179, brings a CAT scan and the ability to administer TPA for ischemic strokes to the patient. It is expected that the unit will go on line in about a month and be staffed by 4 crew members including a CAT tech, nurse, and paramedic. The MSU will be dispatched along with ALS and BLS when the 911 interview indicates a high likelihood of stroke.
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Back row, left to right: Jack Ferrara (Captain), Ben Tredrea (Trustee), Art Bogad (Vice President), Doug Kabay (Trustee), Thomas Tedd (President), Jon Guerard (Trustee, Absent), John Muccioli (Assistant Captain, Absent)
(Front row, left to right): Heather Varrasse (Second Assistant Captain), June Guerard (Recording Secretary), Joan Schwarzwalder (Corresponding Secretary), Kirk Schmitt (Treasurer)
Front Row, left to right: Douglas Pszozolkowski, Lillian Alford, Nagima Alymkulova, John Bonasera III
Back row, left to right: Austin Pinkney, Stephen Nalbach, Stephany Manning, Ryan Finnegan, Donald Buglino, Christopher Sullivan
A ceremony for friends, family, and students was held to recognize the effort of 10 students graduating in this the 17th year of the Pennington First Aid Squad training center.
We are saddened to learn that Dan Boone has announced his retirement from the PFAS effective Jan 1, 2017.
Dan Boone on far side of stretcher with glasses. Scott Sferra to the right of Dan. Many more pictures of Dan may be found here
Dan joined the Squad in 1990 and was soon a top 10 responder and continued as a top responder until today. He has answered over 3350 calls for service in his career, third highest of any PFAS member. But it was as an officer of the Squad that Dan made his greatest contributions. He started as a 9th district representative in his second year, was Vice President by his third year and has served faithfully as President for 20 of the last 22 years. No officer of the Squad has ever served as long or as continuously. During his tenure, our building has grown several times and we have continued the tradition of teaching started by Dick and Jessie Bailey. Dan worked closely with the Trustees on all building projects and has supervised numerous Treasurers to ensure the bills are paid and the books balance. Dan has served as an EMT instructor and as the EMT course coordinator for many years. He made sure the PFAS got paid by the State, a task that requires nearly super-human persistence. He has been a one-man CPR training institution for the Squad keeping many an EMT certified and riding by providing individual courses at the "last minute."
Dan is nearly always around when anything needs to be done at the squad as evidenced by the many pictures we have of him. He has been honored for his volunteer work by being chosen as Grand Marshall of the Pennington Memorial Day Parade and awarded EMT of the year by the New Jersey State Council, Knights of Columbus in 2011. Dan Boone was President of the Pennington First Aid Squad when we were chosen NJ Outstanding Volunteer EMS Agency at the 2011 New Jersey Statewide Conference on EMS.
Through all this, Dan found time to care for two aging parents and to be an active volunteer and lay preacher at the Pennington United Methodist Church. Dan is patient and long suffering. Grudge and anger are not part of his vocabulary. He strictly follows Ephesians 4:26 to "never let the sun go down upon your wrath."
Those of us who remember the time when PFAS did a daily 6 PM pager test will never forget Dan's characteristic sign-off: "KRX-532 off and clear the air, Dispatcher TWO-ZERO-SIX." Best wishes to you, Dispatcher 206.