Maintaining an emergency ambulance service on a local level, 365 days a year and around the clock, is essential for the safety and health of all in the community and the costs to do so are substantial.
The fire department and SAVES see people at their worst. Fire is about property, SAVES is about physical comfort. With technology producing equipment such as the Physio-Control heart monitor ($30,000), today's ambulance is a rolling Emergency Room.
"We're an extension of the hospital," said Jorge Batlle SAVES president
Wikstrom hopes her gift will inspire others to consider significant contributions to SAVES' Permanently Restricted Fund, above and beyond their annual giving.
Wikstrom's son, Arve Wikstrom, was a volunteer EMT at SAVES starting when he was 18 back in the 1990s. SAVES now has a Youth Corp, which is an effort to recruit ages 14 to 18. Many people start out at SAVES and then move into different medical fields.
Anyone interesting in volunteering with SAVES or wishing to discuss contributing to the Permanently Restricted Fund should contact VanBeveren at 685-5217.