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posted May 25, 2016, 6:13 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B   [ updated May 25, 2016, 9:49 AM ]
Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark recently celebrated the 42nd Annual "Emergency Services Week" with a barbecue at Fire Station 8.

Aetna renowned Chefs Ralph Tucker and Dan Seador grilled pork, hamburgers and hot dogs.  EMS Lt. Chris Zistl led a recently formed, "Feeding the Finest" crew, a group of Aetna members, in creating numerous side dishes.  Desserts and give away items were donated by Bing's Bakery, Rita's Water Ice, Green Turtle,  Duck Donuts, Iron Hill Brewery, Klondike Kate's, Claymont Steak Shop, Malin's Market & Deli, National 5&10, Cold Stone Creamery & Grotto Pizza. 

Amy Fitzgerald, the Deputy Chief of EMS at Aetna, said "The purpose of EMS Week is to ensure that the contributions of EMS practitioners, those people on medicine's "front lines" are celebrated and fully recognized.  EMT's and Paramedics safeguard the health, safety and well being of the citizens in their communities."

Aetna Fire Chief Drew Bowerson said "EMS Week is an opportunity to publicize the contributions of the members of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. to the Newark community.  Our firefighters and EMT's work together closely at emergency scenes.  With close to 9,000 EMS calls for service annually, it is not uncommon to see a fire engine and an ambulance both at the scene of a medical emergency in Newark."

The barbecue attracted Aetna members and their families, local business sponsors, and officers and members of surrounding fire and EMS companies.

Story by PIO John H. Farrell, IV