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Meet a rescue squad volunteet - July 14, 2009

MEET: Joe DePalma

VOLUNTEER SINCE: 1993

TRAINING FOR THE JOB: EVOC-1, EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate, PHTLS, Pediatric Life Support, CPR Instructor, CMC helicopter training.

WHY DOES HE DO IT? To give back to the community.

OTHER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: All Saints Catholic Church Men's Club, Knights of Columbus.

FAMILY: Wife Lynn, three children, and seven grandchildren

OCCUPATION: Business manager/engineer

INTERESTS: Flying, golf, beekeeping

WHERE ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM? Queens, N.Y., via New Jersey

The River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS has been serving the Bethel/Lake Wylie area since 1980. The all-volunteer unit, plus two full-time paramedics, provides 24/7 Advanced Life Support for a 20--square-mile area surrounding River Hills Plantation in Lake Wylie with transport available to six major medical centers. Along with being the only squad in York County to offer all services free of charge, volunteers provide a "first-class" experience and work with state-of-the-art equipment thanks to community donations, the squad's sole source of funding. More volunteers are always needed as the number of calls grow. For more information or to donate, call 803-831-9888 or visit riverhillsems.com. River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS mailing address is 4 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

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