ANSONIA—I was invited, via Facebook, as were other members of the community to attend Ansonia Area Emergency Service’s open house on Sunday but hesitated to respond because of my leg/feet issues.
However, as Sunday morning came and went, I felt I could handle it. If not, I would be in good hands.
So, Jamie and I went and glad we did.
The event was held at the squad house on the south end of town from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Crystal Horne hosted the event, with her fellow squad members helping out.
The local first responders gave demonstrations, led tours of the facility, fed those who dropped in and gave free blood pressure screenings. Troy Kammer, another squadmans, provided the sound for the afternoon.
Wayne HealthCare was represented by Jordan Francis with the Wellness Van with lots of information to distribute.
The event was basically held because the squad will have an issue on the levy on Nov. 8.
This is the first time in a long while that the rescue squad has had a 1-mill operations levy on the ballot, Horne said.
The reason for the levy is salary and general operations.
“An EMT makes $10 an hour from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, after 6 p.m., that’s cut in half….$5 an hour plus $15 a run.” she said. “A paramedic makes $12 an hour from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, after that, $6 an hour and $20 per call.
With the levy’s passage, the squad will be able to be paid a salary around the clock.
“So, at 6 p.m., our pay will no longer be cut in half,” Horne explained.
If the levy is passed, it will cost taxpayers an additional $35 for a $100,000 property.
The rescue service provides emergency medical services and limited rescue services to the residents of Brown and Allen townships, and portions of Richland, York and Wabash townships, as well as Ansonia, Rossburg, New Weston, and North Star.
There is a roster of 25 personnel, comprised of 16 EMT-Basics, three EMT-Intermediates, five pramedics, and one driver under the leadership of President Dusty Brunner. The squad consists of part-time and on-call personnel.
Horne said she was pleased with the turnout at the open house, indicating there were more than 100 people who attended.
More on this will appear in another article on Darke County Now this week.
Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Jerry Gulley, Theresa Hosbrook, Bill Werner Jr., Cletus Mangen, Duane Hardesty, Jeannette Burns, James K. Brewer and Nicole Starline.
Please pray for these people: D’Arleen Waymire, Sharon Gamster, Margaret Ralston, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Niley, Harvey Hinshaw, Bob Drees, Harvey Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Ralph Byrd, Norma Byrd, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Jim Kammer, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragrace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Sept. 20 to Darla Miller, Brian Gibboney, Ruth Dunn, Krisann Frank, Greg Harshman, Alma May, Irene Rismiller, Joe Miller Jr. and PJ McCleskey.
Sept. 21 to Rick Moody, Paula Cox, Chad Lehman, Bruce Kaiser, Larry Campbell, Michelle Fourman, Becky George, Logan George, Justin Sharp, Teresa Smith and Jack Smith.
Sept. 22 to Joedy Deeter, Rachel Lloyd, Nelson Rismiller, Rodney Christman and Becky Martin.
Sept. 23 to Toby Spencer, Sandy Garber, Gary Henderson, Lance Elliott, Dane Wentworth, Clifton Weist, Jeanne Phlipot, Regina Schieltz and Kelly Van De Grift.
Sept. 24 to Sandy Miller, Susan Yagle, Joanie Beam, Dylan Garland, Jim Buchy, Kelly Daniels, Phyllis Hiestand, Nikole Baldridge, Jessie Midlam and Sandy Garee.
Sept. 25 to Joyce Rismiller, Jannie Barrow, Kyle Boroff, Belinda Rismiller, Julie Black and Michelle Mader.
Sept. 26 to Roberta Hall, Gene Hoellrich, Brad Horsley, Allen Keaser, Cory Barber, Carey Smith, Mike Grillot and Abby Heck.
Happy anniversary to: Brad and Kim (Fourman) Freeman on Sept. 22; Mike and Janet (Riffell) Bowers, Todd and Tammy (Moody) Klipstine and Slick and Sue Schlechty, all on Sept. 23; Lois and Brian Gibboney and Randy and Stephanie Mestemaker, all on Sept. 24; and Rick and Darlene Riffell and Carol and Norma Byrd, all on Sept. 26.
Think about it: “Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.” Author Unknown