Ambulance corps elects new officers
The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) recently elected and installed a new executive board, which will serve for a two-year term, providing governance and oversight to the nonprofit EMS service. The new board members, all Wilton residents, are: Chris Gardner, president; Patrick York, vice president; Brian Heffernan, treasurer; and Robert Storck, secretary.
Mr. Gardner has been a member of the corps since 1997, when he was initially a driver. He then become a medical response technician, then an emergency medical technician and is also an American Heart Association instructor. He previously served four years as treasurer of WVAC.
“During my term as president, I am committed to leading the positive growth of WVAC with the management teams, both past and present, as well as maintaining the financial health of WVAC with constructive fiscal management,” Mr. Gardner said. He added he hopes to continue and strengthen the ambulance corps’ partnership with the town’s elected and appointed officials, the police department, fire department and Community Emergency Response Team.
Mr. Gardner is a small business owner who sells and services automated external defibrillator (AED) devices. He also provides American Heart Association First Aid, CPR/AED training up to the Basic Life Support level and assists lead instructors with EMT courses. He has lived here with his wife Tina, the Republican registrar of voters, since 1977. The couple has two grown children.
Mr. York joined the ambulance corps in 2010 and has been in charge of radio communications since 2011. As vice president, Mr. York said he is committed to ensuring the organization runs smoothly with everyone in executive positions working together.
“It is vital to our success that we provide the membership with proper leadership, adequate training and the best equipment,” he said. “These key elements will help us provide the absolute best services to the citizens of Wilton.”
Mr. York graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor of science in law enforcement administration and also has a background in criminal justice. He has lived in town since 1996.
Mr. Heffernan has been volunteering as an EMT since he was 16. He was previously a volunteer on the Milltown Rescue Squad and is still a summertime member of the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad in New Jersey. He joined the ambulance corps about eight years ago and recently held a position on the finance committee. He works at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals as a district sales manager.
As treasurer, he is committed to the corps’ fiscal stability, revenue growth and fundraising in hopes of eventually purchasing a “new home” for the ambulance corps.
“My vision is to preserve our assets, keep the corps financially viable and invest for a new building fund, equipment and vehicles to serve the community of Wilton,” he said. “I also want to make this a great place to be and volunteer.”
Mr. Heffernan lives in Wilton with his wife and three children.
Mr. Storck completed his EMT course in New Hampshire where he was a member of the Mountain Search and Rescue Team. He joined the ambulance corps in 2008.
“As secretary, I hope to be able to keep the corps well informed about all of the current issues that are taking place at WVAC,” he said. He plans to working on growing the corps membership and said he has a goal of “having everyone who lives or works in the town of Wilton certified or at least trained in CPR.”
Mr. Storck graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., in 2012 with a degree in behavioral neuroscience. While there, he was a varsity rower, a member of Phi Delta Theta, worked as an athletic trainer and volunteered on the Kent and Queens Anne’s Rescue Squad as an EMT. He also served as a member of the dive rescue team and flew on the state trooper-run Life Flight helicopter.
Mr. Storck looks forward to continuing his education in medicine in the coming years.
Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Service is a 501(c)3 providing emergency medical services. Through its community outreach effort, it offers Hands-Only CPR training on a regular basis.
In alignment with Wilton’s HEARTSafe community designation, the ambulance corps will sponsor the Hands for Life Wilton, a new health education effort embracing the American Heart Association’s challenge to educate a greater percentage of residents and workers on how to save lives with CPR.
For information, to volunteer or make a donation, call 203-834-6245.