BENTON—Naming the of volunteer of the year was the highlight of the annual 2010 Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps dinner and awards program Saturday, May 22. Prior to presentation of the award, Board President Brian Champlin said, “This volunteer gives a lot of time and is not afraid to see things through to the end. He helps see people through tough times. He has given countless hours to the Advanced Life Support Program.”
Mike Moss was given the award. The Moss family is well represented in the organization. Mike’s wife Carmen and daughter Amanda are both very active volunteers.
The group assembled at the Benton firehouse didn’t have to remind anyone why they were there. The group is celebrating their 38th year of service and their services were needed three times during the event. Dundee Emergency Squad covered the first call, but there were two more calls that were responded to quickly.
Board Vice-President Steven Ovens was master of ceremonies and began his portion of the program with the announcement there was a documented CPR save, calling it the highest of the highs that doesn’t happen often.
The organization has a large Explorer Post and 2009 president of that group Amanda Moss outlined the activities of the group, acknowledging the contributions of their advisors. Aaron Parkhurst was named Explorer of the Year. Ovens said, “I wouldn’t be a nurse if it wasn’t for the Explorer program.”
One of several awards presented during the event was to members of the 100 club—volunteers who responded to 100 calls in 2009. The range was from 101 calls to 225 calls. Brian Laursen had the top number of calls. He responded to 225 calls in 2009.