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    Community Ambulance Company Member Celebrates 50 Years of Service!
    December 8, 2017 10:23 pm  
    Community Ambulance Company Member Celebrates 50 Years of Service!

    Community Ambulance Company is excited to celebrate a great milestone for one of their most dedicated members. December 18, 2017 will mark exactly 50 years since Donald Hester was sworn in as a member of the department.


    Community Ambulance Company was only 17 years old at the time Don joined the department, and over the years he has seen the agency grow from a small garage with Cadillac ambulances to the current modern facility that handles over 4,600 alarms per year. Don has been an active riding member for his entire 50 years of membership, and to this day he still volunteers for a weekly 12 hour overnight shift as a driver. He has responded to the side of thousands of patients during his career, making him a real life hero. In addition to his weekly shift on the ambulance, Don has a tradition of volunteering on New Year’s Eve to be on the last alarm of the year and the first alarm of the New Year. In between those alarms, he has become famous amongst the membership for marking the stroke of midnight by banging his gong outside and making everyone at headquarters eat pickled herring to bring good luck in the New Year. Don never misses a meeting or event for Community Ambulance Company, and has served as a Crew Chief and member of the Board of Directors. When not answering alarms, Don will often be seen sitting in the crew room regaling newer members with stories of how the ambulance company used to be.

    Outside of Community Ambulance Company, Don has also been extremely active as a member of the Boy Scouts as well as the Rotary Club. He and his wife Judy, to whom he has been married for 55 years, have even opened up their home over the years to exchange students from all over the world through the Rotary Exchange Program. This shows that their dedication to serving others has not just affected local residents, but has quite literally touched lives around the globe. Don has also been a long-time member of the Cherry Grove Fire Department on Fire Island, where he spends his summers.

    According to Community Ambulance Company Chief of Department James MacDonell, “Don is an inspiration and role-model to our newer members. He has shown for 50 years that his commitment and selflessness are unmatched both on and off the ambulance. Don and his wife Judy have dedicated their lives to serving others, and he is truly an asset to our organization.” On Monday, December 11, 2017, Don Hester will be recognized for his years of service by Community Ambulance Company at their monthly department meeting. At that time, he will be surrounded by his friends and family to celebrate the time he has given and to usher in his 50th year of membership with the department.

    The Community Ambulance Company of Sayville has been providing emergency medical services to the residents of Bayport, Bohemia, Oakdale, Sayville and West Sayville for the past 67 years. Community Ambulance Company answered 4,661 calls for assistance in 2016. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us at (631) 567-2586. No medical experience is necessary, and all training is provided. You can also find more information and apply for membership by visiting our website at www.communityamb.org.

    Don Hester with Wife of 55 years, Judy

    Don Hester with Cherry Grove Fire Department

    Don Hester with Ex-Chief Jamie Atkinson (Left), Ex Chief Chris Gonzales (2nd to the Right) and Current Chief James MacDonell (Right)

      Elizabeth White
    Captain – Community Ambulance Company, Inc.
    420 Lakeland Avenue, Sayville, New York, 11782 USA
    Tel: +1(631)567-2586 ext.116| Mobile: +1(631)260-0521| Fax: +1(631)567-6593

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