LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- If there is strength in numbers, then the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps just got stronger.
The emergency first responding unit recently welcomed five new members to its team. Joining LVAC are: Riley DeJong, 18, of Bedford. Steve Creedon, 24, Celine Graae, 23, Dan Murtha, 33, Samson Desamour, 24, and Dan Murtha, 33, all from Lewisboro.
"It's exciting to get these new volunteers," said Ann Hirsch, president of Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps. "They bring a whole new level to us. It's nice to have a younger generation of volunteers so they will be the future of LVAC." LVAC is an around-the-clock, 365 day-a-year, on-call service. All volunteers are trained in first-aid, CPR and EMT classes. Most of them joined because of their desire to help those in need. "I'm already a volunteer for the Bedford Hills Fire Department," said DeJong, who is set to begin her freshman year at Hunter College. "Being a first responder has been a great experience. I love being on the scene of the accident and helping others." Creddon is also a volunteer firefighter. He's been helping the Lewisboro Fire Department for two years with hopes of becoming a full-time, paid member of the squad. "I originally joined the fire department because I was looking for something in my life to spice it up and get that passion again and I enjoy all aspects of it," Creedon said. "The reason I went to LVAC was to get not only EMT training, but to get first-hand experience getting ambulance work." Volunteers are required to make a 12-hour commitment every week to help reinforce a staff that has a demanding schedule all-year round. "I really wanted to volunteer and help my neighbors. I put the two together and thought it'd be a good fit, " said Graae, who grew up in Lewisboro. "When you actually help out your neighbors, it's really cool." DeJong is hoping her volunteer work will help on her journey to becoming a registered nurse "I thought it would be good to get the medical side of first responding," she said. "I want to be an RN. I have thoughts of working as a nurse in a helicopter going to scene. It's a pretty tough position to get, but I'd love to be there and do it." According to Hirsh, volunteers are required to train every Tuesday night where they work on rotation of a different skills-set that everybody needs to have.
"We have a constant need for volunteers in the community," she said. It's a lot of hours to cover over the course of the year."
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