Ambulance corps recognizes top performers
Echo Hose Ambulance celebrated another year serving the community on Saturday, Jan. 5, at its annual awards recognition and dinner at Vazzy’s in Bridgeport.
Among those honored were Rob Caponi, with the Chief’s Award; Stephen Schwartz and Sam Hansom as co-Rookies of the Year; and Alan Benson as Volunteer of the Year.
Also honored was David Supernaw, who was recognized as the team member who responded to the most calls, 785, this past year. Benson was honored as the volunteer who responded to the most calls, 185.
Overall in 2018, Echo Hose Ambulance responded to 5,090 calls — a significant increase from the 4,667 calls the previous year. And among those calls included three cardiac arrest “saves,” and those three groups were also honored for their life-saving efforts.
Caponi, the 2018 Chief’s Award winner, spent more than 27 years with Echo Hose Ambulance. He serves an EMT, a field training officer and spent many hours helping at the Community Educational Center.
Schwartz, a Fairfield resident, spent hundreds of hours at Echo Hose Ambulance over the last year riding on the ambulance, assisting with community events and helping the organization by sharing his experiences in finance and marketing.
Hansom is originally from England and moved to Boston with his family. He is currently attending a local university and studying criminal justice/national security. He started with Echo Hose Ambulance in August 2018 and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering in the community.
Echo Hose Ambulance recognized Michael Egan, Cameron Liggins and VEMS Medic Andrew Zebendon for their “outstanding efforts in providing exceptional care for a recent cardiac arrest call” and received the “Cardiac Arrest Save” challenge coin.
The other two teams honored for cardiac arrest “saves” were Robert Voss and Jeff Mckee, who received some Life Savers for their efforts, for a call last March. The third team is Andrew Halapin and Michael Sereno, who were honored for a cardiac arrest save in November.