the Training Center
On October 30, 2005,
Cottage Ambulance will dedicate its new training center in memory of Lawrence
C. Olzewski. In July of this year, the organization decided to dedicate
the newly developed center to Mr. Olszewski, but was waiting till the center
had some renovations and was ready to be operational. A good portion
of the funds to make this happen were made possible by a Community Development
Grant received this year with the help of Mayor Justin Taylor and Carbondale
It was unfortunate
that shortly after that decision was made to dedicate the training center,
Mr. Olszewski passed away, never knowing that he was selected to represent
it. Jim Pettinato, EMS Captain stated to family members, “I wish
we were able to move faster on the project so he knew he was going to honored
in this fashion.”
Mr. Olszewski, dedicated
a large portion of his life to Cottage Hose, serving as a member of both
the fire department, as well as, the ambulance corps. He served as
the organizations first aide and CPR instructor for over 25 years. He not
only trained new students, but also helped develop new instructors.
His philosophy was
he may teach the person who might help save his life some day, so he wanted
to be sure everyone learned his or her skills well. Those words could
not have been more true, as some of the crews he helped train responded
to medical emergencies at his home over the last few years.
During his tenure, he
guided the organization in a fashion that helped prepare for the future
and despite relinquishing office, he continued to want to be kept updated
on new happenings. He would stop in the building every now and then
just to “check-in”.
|Mr. Olszewski, held
many offices in his tenure with both organizations, and was a chartered
member of the ambulance. He was most remembered for his role
as President of the ambulance corps. prior to giving up the position due
to health reasons several years ago.
Several members commented,
“Sometime new members wanted to know who was this guy stopping in asking
a bunch of questions?” They further commented, “It usually only took
one encounter for them to find out the answer to that question, as others
were quick to fill them in on ‘Sasky’s’ [his common name around the building]
role with the company.”
Volunteers are needed
in many areas of both organizations and don’t necessarily need to respond
to calls, but rather serve as a support person helping with what ever talents
or skills they may possess.
In the past, some
individuals have offered maintenance, book keeping and secretarial services
that are needed to keep the organization going on a daily basis.
Anyone interested may also inquire by calling 282-0345.
2008 Cottage Hose Ambulance