Volunteer voices: Helderberg Ambulance honors Humes and Cross

— Photo from Mildred Zuk

Ambulance Persons of the Year: The Helderberg Ambulance Squad honored Sharon Humes and Gerry Cross at its Feb. 10 banquet.

The month of January was another busy time for the Helderberg Ambulance Squad. On Jan. 20, the squad hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive, headed up by Cynthia Johnson. Thanks to all those who helped set up for the blood drive. Cynthia’s goal was 31 donations and there were 30 donations. Thank you to everyone who donated blood. What a great way to give back to the community at large!

There were 41 calls for the month with 19 non-transports. The turnover rate to the county was 13 or 32 percent of the calls. We welcomed a new member from Pine Park.  

The squad was awarded a $500 grant from Fidelity Charitable. This grant was made possible through the generosity and recommendation of the Gift4Giving Program, a donor-advised fund. The grant may be used by the squad where it is needed most. We would like to thank Mr. Adam Prior of East Berne for recommending Helderberg Ambulance. The Squad will put the money to furthering our work in the towns of Berne and Knox.

On Feb. 10, the squad held its annual installation banquet at the Colonie Country Club in Voorheesville. Berne Town Supervisor Sean Lyons swore in the officers and thanked the squad for its service to the residents of Berne and Knox. Krista Safford and Deb Flagler organized a lovely evening.

This year, there were two nominations for Ambulance Person of the Year. The first nomination was for Sharon Humes. Sharon was recommended for her work with EMS Charts, for making sure that all documentation is in order for the Health Department and for billing purposes. She also keeps the statistics on call volume. Sharon is a behind-the-scenes person who is always willing to lend a helping hand.

The second person nominated was Gerry Cross. Gerry has been active with the ambulance squad for 56 years. Last year, Gerry responded to 173 calls. It was noted that Gerry has been a great mentor to so many and no matter where the call is Gerry knows right where to go. He is also known by doctors and nurses at the local hospitals. Feb. 10 was important to Gerry because he was celebrating a birthday.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding individuals. You both are such great role models.

We would also like to thank Kathy and Jim from East Berne for their generous donation of a walker, wheelchair, and a variety of other medical items. The squad has a lending closet if you are ever in need of walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, or hospital beds; you may call Alan Zuk at 518-872-0297.

Remember to wash your hands often, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids.

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