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Get to Know Ossining Ambulance Volunteers Saturday

OSSINING, N.Y. – Every time Ossining’s Nick Franzoso hears a thank you from someone while serving on the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps it makes his day.

“We don’t do our jobs for the thanks but it means a lot every time any of us hear it,” said Franzoso, a volunteer captain with OVAC. “It gives you a real sense of pride in your work and in your community to know that people appreciate what you do. It really does mean a lot.”

Dozens of volunteers with OVAC will introduce themselves to the community as a part of the celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at OVAC’s headquarters at 8 Clinton Ave. OVAC members, along with representatives with the Ossining Police Department and Ossining Fire Department , will give free tours of emergency services vehicles to the public as a part of the lead-in to National Emergency Medical Services Week. OVAC members will also teach children of the importance of safety issues and offer free CPR classes to adults during the day.

Franzoso said the day serves as an opportunity for residents to meet the people who volunteer their time with OVAC.

“It’s a chance to show everyone who we are and to let them know we’re always available when needed,” he said. “It’s also a great way to get to know the volunteers who will be in the ambulance if people ever need one. It’s a better way to meet the group than doing it on a call. But I think it’s good for people to know who those volunteers that will be helping them out are going to be.”

EMT Anthony Mercado said he loves the job but not many people get a chance to meet the volunteers without calling 911.

“It’s very important for the community to see what we do before we do it,” he said. “It’s great for us too because we get to reach out and get to know our community.”

Saturday’s celebration will also include a presentation honoring Ossining’s Dr. Robert Seebacher, an orthopedic surgeon at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and chairperson of the Mid-Hudson Ambulance Service.

Those interested in the free CPR classes are required to pre-register by emailing OVAC .

OVAC continues to seek volunteers . The only requirement for volunteers “is a desire to give something back to the community,” Chief Sam Lubin said previously. Those interested in driving are asked to have a clean driving record but uniforms and New York State approved training come courtesy of OVAC. National Honors Society members can also obtain community service credit. Those interested are asked to call OVAC at (914) 487-3091 or email .

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