JEFFERSON HILLS EMS SALUTES VOLUNTEERS’ DEVOTION

Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association (JHAAA) celebrated the tireless enthusiastic devotion of several of its volunteer members at its last Board of Directors and Membership Meeting held December 16, 2014, with a dinner reception at Jefferson Hospital Bibro Pavilion, Jefferson Hills.

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Photo (L to R): Robert S. Zirkle PA-C PHPE NRP, physician assistant, JHAAA Medical Coordinator; Mr. Vaughan EMT (Life Member); Mrs. Stanton EMT (Life Member); Linda J. Carlson, JHAAA President (Life Member); Mr. Frye EMT; Mrs. Gibson RN-paramedic; Mrs. Vargo; and Mr. Madaras NRP, JHAAA Assistant Medical Coordinator. [Not pictured: Mr. Bahur EMT and Mr. Milliron EMT, JHAAA Board Secretary (Life Member)]

Gary B. Vaughan EMT, of Elrama in Union Township, received JHAAA’s “2014 Medical Member of the Year” citation having donated an incredible 3,345 hours of volunteer time to the Association. Mr. Vaughan, 66, a lifelong public servant of firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical care around the Elrama area for the last 40 years, started with the Elrama Volunteer Fire Company and its volunteer ambulance service in 1974 and now primarily works with JHAAA’s wheelchair and stretcher van operations offering a friendly face, warm smile, and safe attentive convalescent trips to and from hospitals, dialysis centers, and physician’s offices for those whose health have rendered them non-ambulatory.

“2014 Non-Medical Member of the Year” was awarded to Sherry L. Vargo, of Forward Township, who availed an amazing 600 hours of her time to greeting customers, answering telephones, and performing a myriad of clerical tasks to assist billing operations at JHAAA’s business office.

Six volunteer medical members were presented special commendations for “2014 Exceptional Volunteer Service to our Communities” filling many functions that extends JHAAA’s outreach into our 911 primary response area of Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth, and Forward and Union Townships. Their time assures JHAAA’s presence providing first aid services on-site at community fairs, firefighters carnivals, fireworks displays, and athletic competitions; by distributing candy to youth through Halloween patrols and summer parades; by participating in commemorative affairs through funeral details and honoring our nation’s veterans at Memorial Day events; and hosting free flu shot clinics in each municipality every Fall. Several serve as reserve responders from home back filling our stations to assure additional ambulances are ready during times of high 911 call volumes, such as occur during severe weather and multi-casualty accidents. Recognized were Zachary T. Bahur EMT, of Pleasant Hills; Edward M. Frye Sr EMT, of Elrama in Union Township; Sheryl A. Gibson RN nurse-paramedic, of North Huntingdon; Jonathan A. Madaras NRP (nationally registered paramedic), of Gastonville in Union Township; William H. Milliron EMT, of Floreffe in Jefferson Hills; and Marlene A. Stanton EMT, a Life Member of JHAAA since 1976, of Floreffe in Jefferson Hills.