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Pennington Fire Company uses Jaws of Life to remove roof.

Ken(Zay) Risinger

We were saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of Zay Risinger. Zay came late in life to volunteer EMS. He joined PFAS in February of 1998 at the age of 69 and was one of our main, week-day responders until 2009 when he retired from riding because of his health at age 80. He was vigorous to the end and responded to 1454 calls for service during his 11 years. He served two years from 2009-2010 as a Trustee of the Squad. He will be missed.

Zay Risinger 2005

PFAS Fall EMT Class Graduates 16

The fall EMT class has produced 16 EMT candidates. All are riding for Hopewell Valley Squads. More pictures from the class may be seen here.

Fall 2017 EMT class

Front row, left to right: Michael Manning, Jr., Ian Green
Middle row, left to right: Michael Manning, Sr., Janki Patel, Shelley Pennington, Laraeb Tahir, Julie Aberger (Instructor)
Back row, left to right: Cindy Orlandi (Instructor), Jeremy Borges, Lindsay Becker, Justin Boyle, Serena Celleri-Hall, Kate Linnehan, Kyle Devlin, Sara Griswold, Will Strong, Natalia Katcnelson, Zachary Thompson

Heather Varrassee, Knights of Columbus Shield Award

We were pleased that the Knights of Columbus, Local 7103, gave their Annual Shield Award to PFAS member Heather Varrasse this year. Heather was honored for her 20 years of service to the Hopewell Valley as an EMT with both the Pennington First Aid Squad and the Hopewell Emergency Medical Unit. Heather is currently the Second Assistant Captain at PFAS and an active riding member at the Hopewell EMU. She has responded to over 2500 calls for service at the two organizations.

KOC award recipient

2017 Shield Award recipients. Left to right: Hopewell Township Police Detective Louis Vastola, PFAS Second Assistant Captain and Hopewell Emergency Medical Unit EMT Heather Varrasse, Hopewell Fire Department Firefighter Chris Jones

Capital Health Mobile Stroke Unit Visits PFAS

Capital Health MSU-179 visited PFAS to show the equipment to interested members.

CAT scan unit in MSU-179

Head of stretcher and CAT scan unit secured to bulkhead on MSU-179

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.

Members may see a longer version of this note, with more pictures, by logging onto the website.

New Officers and Trustees for 2017 Installed

2017 Officers

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)

Fall EMT Class Graduation

2016 Fall EMT class graduation

2016 Class
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.

Daniel Boone to Retire from PFAS

We are saddened to learn that Dan Boone has announced his retirement from the PFAS effective Jan 1, 2017.

Dan Boone at 1995 MVA

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.

6000 Calls

EMT Kirk Schmitt answered his 6000th call today. Since joining the PFAS in 1989, EMT Schmitt has often been the top responder. He has also served as Captain, and First and Second Assistant Captain. He is currently Treasurer of the PFAS. His call total is the highest of any PFAS member past or present.

Dan Boone, Kirk Schmitt, 1991 MVA

Kirk Schmitt and Dan Boone at a motor vehicle crash sometime in 1991.

Naomi McCarty, Knights of Columbus Shield Award

We were pleased that the Knights of Columbus, Local 7103, gave their Annual Shield Award to PFAS member Naomi McCarty this year. Naomi was honored for her many years of service as a hospice nurse, as an EMT responder for the Pennington First Aid Squad and for years of service as the PFAS treasurer. Complete text of First Assistant Captain Muccioli's comments here

Naomi McCarty receives Shield Award

Naomi McCarty receives the Shield Award from First Assistant Captain John Muccioli at the 7th Annual Hopewell Valley Knights Of Columbus Shield Award Ceremony Oct 18, 2016