Wilton holds ambulance appreciation dinner

WILTON – The Town of Wilton Ambulance Service held its annual recognition dinner on May 24 as part of EMS Week. Invited guests included the three boards of selectmen and the Wilton-Temple-Lyndeborough EMS Association board of directors.

During the dinner, Chief Gary Zirpolo noted that they would not be able to do what is needed without the dedication and hard work of the mostly volunteer personnel. He also noted the volunteers significant others’ give up their time as well.

Zirpolo and Capt. Robert Cole presented Length of Service awards. Paramedic Vicki Blanchard was recognized for 10 years of service and Paramedic Laura Norton for five years.

Lee Duval was awarded Paramedic of the Year, and Eric Fischer was named EMT of the Year. Also recognized were Robert Cole for most volunteer/on-call hours at 1,500 hours, Joseph Kennedy, Eric Fischer and Kathleen Zirpolo for their many hours.

Zirpolo extended thanks on behalf of the service to the citizens of the three towns served, and to the boards of selectmen for their support.

EMS week is designed to recognize the dedication and work that Emergency Medical Service personnel so, and to educate the public on service issues. The theme for 2014 was “EMS Dedicated to Life.”

– JESSIE SALISBURY