Tim Williams has been chosen by the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service as this year's volunteer recipient of the Canastota Area Association of Churches Appreciation Award. He will be honored at the annual dinner Jan. 19 at the Rusty Rail.
Williams has been with GLAS for more than 10 years. He's volunteered as an emergency medical technician for the past seven years, serving on its board of directors since 2000. Williams was the organization's president for four years. During that time GLAS expanded by constructing a second building for space to hold an office, training and meeting area. Williams also served as GLAS treasurer since 2005 and is involved with the organizations annual fund drive. His training includes certified emergency vehicle operator and EMT-D.
Williams said his grandparents were EMTs and he admired that aspect of their lives while growing up. When his wife's cousin, Dario Damore recruited him, it was just a natural step for him to volunteer.
"I wanted to give something back to the community I lived in," Williams said. "And I also wanted to make Canastota a better place to live and raise my family."
"Being able to help someone in need is rewarding every time the ambulance goes on a call," he said. "Helping to run an organization so this can occur is very rewarding."
Williams said his very first call with GLAS involved a patient being placed on a backboard.
"When I pulled him out of the rig at the hospital, I dropped the legs on the stretcher but forgot to let go of the latch, which would have locked the legs in place," he said. "Needless to say, the patient and stretcher went crashing to the ground. Oops."
Williams said following that incident he received remedial training after a call from a not-so-happy medic.