My husband, Ron, and I had the pleasure of attending the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps award dinner at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead. It was a lovely evening. Thanks for the invite!
Congratulations to the following award-winners: Zach Catz, EMT of the Year; Brian Jeffrey, AEMT of the Year; Carl F. Schottenhamel, Driver of the Year; Julia Schneider, Helper of the Year; Jill Milowski, Rookie of the Year; and Virginia Tran, Volunteer of the Year.
Peter Fallon earned the Chief’s Recognition Award for his outstanding service to the Corps and the people of Hampton Bays. And Daniel A. Buckley was presented with the Outgoing Chief’s Recognition Award for his three years of service as chief of the department.
While I am speaking about our Ambulance Corps, I’d like to share an emergency situation that occurred earlier this month when our EMS responded to a “difficulty breathing” call in Hampton Bays. Staff medic James Ledogar and Chief Brian Jeffrey were the first on the scene, within two minutes of the alarm activation.
The patient, who has a trach tube and a history of obstructive airway, was found in a severely hypoxic state (lacking oxygen) and approaching full respiratory arrest. Due to the size of the obstruction, initial attempts to clear the airway were unsuccessful.
The team, now also including Chief Chris Fraser and helper Mark Pothier, arrived on the scene as the patient went into cardiac arrest. The crew immediately began CPR with ventilations.
This is when Mr. Ledogar applied his thinking “outside the box” training and removed the patient’s trach tube and inserted an endotracheal tube to assist in the ventilatory effort. The tube was successfully placed and there was a return of circulation.
According to Richard Capuano, the chief of the department, constant training and review, and learning to think “outside the box” led to this positive outcome. He added that he is very proud of the dedication of our emergency medical professionals.
Chief Capuano went on to say: “It is only through constant training and continuing education that these highly accomplished individuals can be successful under very difficult circumstances. We are very proud of our people.”
I know that I speak for the entire community when I say that we appreciate all that you do. Thank you.
Happy anniversary to Pastor John and Charlotte Kenreich. The couple will be celebrating their special day today, Thursday, April 25. Enjoy!
A little bird told me that Karen Andrews will be celebrating her birthday this weekend on Saturday, April 27. Live it up, girl!
A big shout-out goes out to Hampton Bays High School student Nicholas Giannone! Nick recently competed in the New York State Bodybuilding Competition in Binghamton and took second place!
Unlike many competitors who have personal trainers, Nick is self-trained. He works out every day at Planet Fitness. Very proud mom is Robin Wider of Hampton Bays.
The Lioness Club of the Hamptons is sponsoring a Spring Bingo night fundraiser tonight, Thursday, April 25. The doors open at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Ponquogue Avenue.
Admission is $10 and that includes refreshments and one Bingo packet. Players can purchase drinks at the bar. All proceeds benefit the Guide Dog Foundation and other Lioness charities. Questions? Call Mary at (631) 375-7182.
On The Calendar
Sunday, April 28: Jazz to Soul with Rhonda Denet and The Silver Fox Songs Trio, 2 p.m., Hampton Bays Public Library, Ponquogue Avenue. Enjoy hits from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, to name just a few. Call (631) 728-6241 to reserve a seat.
Tuesday, April 30: Frank Masterson, an advocate for the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, will be at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Ponquogue Avenue from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Mr. Masterson will assist senior citizens with their financial paperwork and help with program assistance. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call Heather Smith at (631) 728-1235, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.