Local volunteers make big commitment to help others


HARTINGTON —  As an all volunteer organization, the Hartington EMTs rely on the call of its citizens — who possess a willingness to learn and help people — to step up to the plate.

For Carol Hamilton, president of the Ambulance Squad, becoming an EMT was always something she wanted to do.

So when the last of her ‘six plus three’ children started school, joining came up in a conversation with a friend.

“At that point it seemed like an opportunity, like the right thing to do,” said Hamilton.

As of July 30, the squad got a booster shot of five new EMTs raising the total number to 19.  One more is expected to  join the squad as she is still in the process of getting certified.

Karen Newton, Troy Bottolfsen, Patricia Scheiffer, Eric Becker, Tammy Leise and Clay Kleinschmit completed six months of required training, five ride-alongs in an ambulance and five of them passed a test to receive certification from the state of Nebraska.

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