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Vigilant receives accolade for EMS training.

Published: 10/16/2003 6:05:29 PM

Excerpt from a letter to Commissioner Kavanaugh.

Dear Jim,

As per our discussion at the Erie County Fair, here is my story of involvement at Vigilant Fire Company.

I started at Vigilant in early 1994. Being fresh out of the military, I felt this was a cool volunteer venture, hoping to meet some interesting people, help a few people, and, well being a "fireman", thus being a "chick magnet." I had no idea it would lead to a career.

I became an emergency medical technician through Vigilant. I loved it! Loved medicine and helping people. I became an instructor for the EMT course at ECC City campus. This led me through multiple paid and volunteer EMT positions (USAR medic), but more importantly to take more biology and health classes in college. I entered physician assistant school at King´s College in 1995.

I trained in medicine for the next two years, all based on the focus of emergency medicine that Vigilant introduced me to. I presently teach advance cardiac life support to Rural Metro Medics, teach medicine at D´Youville College, but more importantly run the emergency department at Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY. I love emergency medicine and the duties involved in being a sole provider in an emergency department, but will never forget the roots I learned from the volunteers at Vigilant.

I would be glad to be involved in any education opportunities at Vigilant. I thank the Vigilant Fire Company for the introduction into medicine.


John Bielinski, Jr. R-PAC
E. Amherst, NY

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