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Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service 2013 Report

February 6, 2014
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The Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service ended 2013 with 106 patients being transported. This total only includes the patients that were transported to a medical facility. It does not include first aid calls, DOAs or fire calls. The type of calls included: accidents & falls- 14; medical emergencies- 68; vehicular accidents- 3; drugs & alcohol abuse- 3; cardiac emergencies- 12; strokes- 5; and burns- 1. 2013 was an exciting year for the ambulance service as the preliminary work and the fundraiser was kicked off for the new fire and ambulance building. The crew can’t thank everyone enough for all the support. The new building will be a tremendous asset to both services as well as the community. There are six people taking the EMT course that began last fall. They should be finished and licensed by the middle of April. The service would like to welcome future new members Roger & Susan Thompson, Mike Thompson, Keya Smith, Becky Rock, and Kathy Vavroch. The service was happy to have one of their members selected Grand Marshal of the 2013 “91st Corn Carnival Grand Parade Gene Seda. He has been on the service since it was established in 1972. The service would like to thank the following for their donations in 2013: Memory of Phyllis Ihns, Mark & Linda Goos, Memory of Duane Hamann, Memory of Ruth Parsons, Memory of George Chizek, Jerry Parsons, Bill & Yvonne Fry, Memory of Ed Rowe, Doc & Martha Gamble, Larry Ambler, Memory of Henry Mennenga, Community 4-H Foodstand, Peace Church Guild, Loraine Otto, Gladbrook Women’s Club, Memory of Mike Aalfs, and Dave & Sherry Denbow. There is no way the crew can thank everyone enough for their monetary support. Many of those listed give a donation every year. The service has been able to purchase the newest and most efficient equipment possible thanks to these donators. Everyone’s thoughtfulness has helped so many in their time of need. There are blinking light bulbs available, free of charge, in the ambulance building. Replace the existing light bulb on your porch. If you call an ambulance turn the light on and it will blink and the crew will know immediately what house they have been paged too. You can use the same light bulb for just a non-blinking porch light as well. Please help yourself. They are in the equipment room in the ambulance building. The ambulance service and the Gladbrook Auxiliary have put all their hospital type equipment together in the ambulance building for anyone to use. All you have to do is sign it out. The equipment is in a room inside the ambulance building. The equipment includes: 4 electric hospital beds, 2 power scooters, commodes, walkers, over-the bed table, shower chairs, stool extenders, adult crutches, child crutches, 3-legged cane, wheelchairs, chair walkers, etc. There is no charge for the temporary use of this equipment. The ambulance crew tries to do several community service projects yearly. It is one way for the crew to say thanks for all the support that is given by the Gladbrook and Lincoln area residents. In July, the service organized, furnished supplies, and equipment, and helped man the first-aid station at the Tama County Fair. The crew provided ambulance service at all the G-R varsity, JV and JH home football games. The crew also does first aid demonstrations and programs for organizations and groups. The crew decorated a tree for Gladbrook’s annual “Festival of Trees” during the holiday season in the City Center. The service and the Gladbrook Auxiliary teamed up and passed out “What to do in Case of an Emergency” educational activities book for K-2nd graders at the Gladbrook campus. The following are members of the Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service and the year they started: Gene Seda (72), Darrell & Jeanne Paustian (79), Susan Beichley (86), Greg Randolph (87), Randy Beichley (89), Linda Randolph (89), Steve Willer (90), Tammi Pierce (06), Josh Warnell (10), Beth Goos (11), and Heather Pierce (11). As you can see, many of the crew members have been serving for a lot of years and are nearing retirement. The G-L Ambulance Service tries to provide quick and efficient service to the Gladbrook-Lincoln area and wants to thank everyone for their continual support. A special thanks to the Gladbrook Fire & Rescue Squad and the Lincoln Fire Dept for their help at accidents and when we need some lifting power. We also want to thank Gladbrook Maintenance Director Mark Lowry for his assistance in getting the rigs out, plowing snow, lifting power, and driving when needed. The service is starting their 42nd year of service to the Gladbrook and Lincoln communities.


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