40 years, and counting: Minoa man reflects on career at Rural/Metro

Ed Moser is celebrating 40 years of service with Rural/Metro Ambulance of Syracuse.

Ed Moser is celebrating 40 years of service with Rural/Metro Ambulance of Syracuse.

— Friday, Oct. 7, marked 40 years of dedication to Rural/Metro Ambulance for Ed Moser, who has lived in Minoa with his Wife, Kathleen, for two decades. Moser is the proud father of Nathan, 34, and Kelly, 36, and a grandfather to Kelly’s two sons.

Moser has cared for thousands of patients, taught CPR to thousands of residents and trained hundreds of people to become Emergency Medical Technicians. He is currently supervisor of public education for Rural/Metro. We spoke with him Wednesday, Oct. 5, about how he got started at Rural/Metro Ambulance, now located at 488 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse, and what’s kept him going.

How did you first get started with Rural/Metro?

The way I started working here is I became an EMT … through the Nedrow Fire Department. I was a volunteer fireman, and they needed day people that were EMTs. And I kind of fit the mold because I was going to school at OCC … After about a little over a year, Eastern Ambulance at the time, which is now Rural/Metro, started what they call a south station, and we worked like a volunteer type thing, but when we went on a call we were paid per hour, and we got some standby time as well. So what happened is the person who was in charge of the south crew was also the fire chief [Eric Salisbury], and he suggested to me that I work part-time and run ambulance calls. And I’ve really been doing it ever since. After one year of school I said, you know, this is what I want to do.

What were you going to school for?

I was going to to be a history teacher… somehow along the way I got sidetracked into the ambulance work.

Can you believe it’s been 40 years?

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