GBAC celebrates 47 years

The Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps (GBAC) recently celebrated its 47th year of service for the Greater Baldwinsville community at the Lakeside Recreational Hall in Lakeside.

More than 70 active members, life members, career staff and special guests attended the annual installation banquet. Wayne Mahar, local weather forecaster and a Baldwinsville resident presided as the master of ceremonies for the evening and DJ services were provided by Variations.

Several special awards were given out by Dave Weller, director of operations for GBAC, including a lifetime achievement award to Don Russell, a member of GBAC for 28 years. Special hour pins and year pins that were presented by Nancy Weber, GBAC's president were 300 hours to Jim Hogan, Anne-Marie Howell and Bob Sweet; 400 hours to Pat Crawford, Harry Dashnau and Mark Procopio; 500 hours to Joe Milliman; 600 hours to Ryan Sweet; 700 hours to Don Russell.

The following received years pins: five years to Tora Brown and Stephanie Johnson; 10 years to Anne-Marie Howell; 15 years to Steve Knapp; 25 years to Bob Sweet and 30 years to Harry Dashnau.

Additionally, a special lifesaving award was presented to GBAC career staff Carl Emmons and Joe Langford, and to paramedic student Brian Cook. Last fall, these paramedics responded to a call at Jerry's Flowers in Baldwinsville and found the owner Jerry Gural to be without a pulse or breathing. He was resuscitated and subsequently discharged from the hospital later. Jerry presented the award to the crew during the banquet ceremonies.

The highlight of the evening came when the 2009-10 Board of Directors were installed by life member Anne Haresky. The GBAC board consists of President Nancy Weber, Vice-President Jamie Bagozzi, Treasurer Tony Testa, Secretary Mark Procopio, Director of Operations Dave Weller and Assistant Director of Operations Bob Sweet.

(From left) Carl Emmons, Brian Kline and Joe Langford received the lifesaving award from Jerry Gural (right).

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