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November 24, 2010
Written by The Darien Times
Monday, 22 November 2010 14:47
Darien EMS-Post 53 held a dedication for its three new ambulances, donated by three Darien families, this fall.
In addition to honoring these families, the day also marked the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of service to the town of Darien by Darien EMS-Post 53.
Darien EMS-Post 53 historically has relied on the generosity of local families for major purchases such as new ambulances. These ambulances are in service 24 hours per day and seven days per week and the health and well being of Darien residents is reliant on having ambulances that operate effectively and reliability.
Two of the honored families, the family of the late Sir Dennis Weatherstone and the family of the late William Ziegler, have given a total of four ambulances while the third family, the family of the late Harold McGraw, Jr., donated their first ambulance to Darien EMS-Post 53.
On Sunday, Oct. 24, Lady Marion Weatherstone led the family delegation who attended the dedication of the “Lady W IV.” Rick Weatherstone, son of Dennis and Marion Weatherstone and Fire Chief of the Darien Fire Department, also attended the dedication as did his sister, Hazel Weatherstone Capella and her husband, Steve Capella.
Cynthia Ziegler Brighton, daughter of William Ziegler, donated their latest ambulance and the family was represented by her son, Whit Brighton and family friend Marcia Cleary.
Finally, the McGraw family was represented by the children of Harold McGraw, Jr., Suzanne McGraw, Robert McGraw and Nancy McGraw, wife of Terry (Harold III) McGraw.
Grant Nelson, President of Post 53 and a senior at Darien High School, welcomed the donor families and other guests at the dedication. He expressed gratitude from the entire population of young adult volunteers at Post 53 for the generosity of the donor families. “Without the support of people like the Weatherstone, Ziegler and McGraw families, Post 53 would be unable to perform the highest level emergency medical care to the town of Darien,” Nelson said. “Post 53 is almost entirely reliant on private donations for its operational expense.”
Ron Hammer, director of Post 53, added his thanks by commending these families for their sustained support of the Darien EMS operations. “The fact that we have families in the town of Darien who step up to support our organization at this level is tremendous,” Hammer noted.
In addition, Mike Murray, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Darien EMS-Post 53, thanked the donor families on behalf of the Board. “We are honored that Darien EMS-Post 53 receives the support of these outstanding families,” Murray said.
Adding their congratulations to Post 53 on its 40th year of service to the town were First Selectman Dave Campbell and State Rep. Terrie Wood. Wood delivered a “Proclamation” to Post 53 for its 40 Years of Dedicated Service to the Town of Darien and thanked the ambulance donors on behalf of the community for their support of Darien EMS-Post 53 by enabling them to maintain excellence in medical care and service.
The three new ambulances bring to Darien the very latest technology in emergency vehicles. They are gasoline powered, providing a quieter, more efficient ride. Also, the ambulance is longer, so the space in the back area is larger and will accommodate more flexibility in patient care.
Finally, they are equipped with an onboard computer, called a Mobile Data Terminal, which allows the ambulance driver and EMT to quickly gain access to dispatch information. Half of the funding for these computers was provided by the Darien Technology and Community Foundation, represented by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chilton, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. David Dysenchuk.
The ambulances were officially “christened” by the three families with saline solution from three IV bags “spiked” by the young adult officers of Post 53, Gerianne Connell, Katherine Matson and Claire Streeter.
More info: post53.org, 203-655-8980.