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2010-08-26 / Editorial

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KIMBERLY McDOWELL West Seneca Editor KIMBERLY McDOWELL West Seneca Editor KUDOS TO RESERVE FIRE COMPANY — Members of the Reserve Hose Fire Company were recently called to assist two residents who experienced life-threatening cardiac problems.

On Aug. 4, Reserve responded to a call for a male in his 40s who experienced severe chest pains. Upon arrival, firefighters found him in full cardiac arrest.

Led by Fire Chief Bob Kaminski, firefighters Andy LaForce, Dan Larish, Greg Ramsdell, John Montaldi, Tom and Tim McQuade and Dan Frontera performed CPR and used the automatic external defibrillator to revive the victim.

Initially without pulse, the man was breathing on his own and responding to commands from the firefighters.

Then on Aug. 6, Reserve was again called for a report of a female who had difficulty breathing and experienced chest pains. Shortly after arrival, the victim experienced cardiac arrest.

Firefighters Pat Powers, Greg Ramsdell, Yvette Schoenhals and Tom Mc- Quade immediately administered CPR and used the AED to revive the victim. The female was transported by Rural Metro with pulse and respirations.

These are the second and third successful cardiac resuscitations in 2010 for Reserve Hose firefighters, who also revived a 65-year-old male in February.

“The dedication of our members, and their willingness and ability to be there to serve their neighbors in a time of need, speaks to the professionalism and compassion displayed by our 100 percent volunteer fire service” said Kaminski.

He also noted that members of Reserve Hose, who service the residents in the southwest portion of West Seneca, spend many hours each year training on CPR and use of the AED.

For more information on becoming a volunteer firefighter, or on classes in CPR, visit www.westseneca.net or stop by your local fire hall.

Perhaps you, too, can save someone’s life.

RECYCLE AND SHREDDING DAY Regional Computer and Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding Day, a free public recycling event, sponsored by Sen. William Stachowski, D-West Seneca, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Aug. 28, at the Garden Village Plaza parking lot, at French and Union roads, on the border of Cheektowaga and West Seneca.

The event will allow residents to safely dispose of personal documents in a secure environment, through document shredders, to certify proper disposal, as well as to recycle unwanted or outdated electronic devices.

Area residents are invited to bring their old electronic devices — computer monitors, terminals, printers, circuit boards, video gaming systems, batteries and televisions — to be recycled or destroyed.

BCAS AUDITIONS — The Buffalo Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Marcia A. Giambrone of West Seneca, will hold auditions for its 2010-11 season on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst.

Auditioners should prepare a solo from any published source that best exemplifies the singer’s range, tone and interpretive qualities. Pitch matching, range exercises and sight reading will make up the rest of the audition.

To schedule an audition, call Nancy Cannizzaro at 847-6930 or 856-1357. Visit www. buffalochoralarts. org.

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