Emergency Rescue Honored For 75 Years of Community Service

Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc., celebrated 75 years of service to the area with a family fun day on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Stephenson Island in Marinette. The day of activities included a live DJ, bouncy houses, children’s petting zoo, a family movie, numerous crafters and vendors and a fireworks display at 7 p.m. There was also food available and free popcorn. At 4 p.m. a program began with a few words from ERS Director Gregg Loll. He spoke about the history of ERS and praised all the volunteers that make ERS what it is today.  Loll stated he hopes that ERS will be around for another 75 years. Brigitte Schmidt, president of the Peshtigo City Council then read a proclamation from the City of Peshtigo. The proclamation read
WHEREAS, in recognition of the Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. responding to the City of Peshtigo answering 911 calls for assistance for the last 75 years; and
WHEREAS, Emergency Rescue Squad is absolutely a vital public service that provides lifesaving benefits with compassion, determination and skill; and
WHEREAS, access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, members of the Emergency Rescue Squad are volunteers who engage in thousands of hours of duty, specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Emergency Rescue Squad are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week, often forgoing time with their own friends and families so that we may be assured emergency help will be available should the need arise; and
NOW THEREFORE, the City of Peshtigo would like to recognize the value and accomplishments of the Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. and extends a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the city’s residents.
In Appreciation,
Mayor Cathi Malke & Alderpersons Debbie Sievert, Brigitte Schmidt, Chris Rohde, Katie Berman, Allen England and Keith Klimek
Mike Martin a 50 year member of the Marinette Lions Club, then spoke about the importance of having the Emergency Rescue Squad in the community and surrounding area. Martin said “they are the true volunteers, answering calls 24 hours a day for no pay, just the satisfaction of doing a good job”.  Martin and Al Oscarson who was a former member of ERS and a 52 year member of the Marinette Lions Club, then presented a check to Greg Loll, ERS Director, for $7,500 representing $100 for each year that ERS was in existence.
 After the completion of the program those in attendance were treated to a movie at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 7 p.m.

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