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Tall community salute to real-life lifesavers

Captain Joseph Marcellino (right) joins a group of honorees.

Volunteer emergency rescue workers were delivered a tall salute for their life-saving work during an awards ceremony presented by the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps (FVAC).

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) were hailed with pins, plaques and words of gratitude for their consecutive years of service as part of a tribute program held at Buckley’s Restaurant, Avenue S and Nostrand Avenue.

Among the honorees were: Mike Sylvester, Harlan Grey, Tammy Fauz, Jason Zimmerman and Adam Stern, five years; Scott Goodman and Elizabeth Stonehill, 15 years; Kathy Hunt and Anthony Farula, 10 years; Fred Wilken, Sr., 20 years; Josh Silver, “Member of the Year”; Fred Wilken, Jr., “Driver of the Year”; Nikita Brasse, “Crew Chief of the Year”; and Mitch Methal, “Captain’s Award for Outstanding Service.”

“Exemplary Service” awards were conferred upon: Crew Chief Yehuda Baker, driver William Engel, training officer Fred Wilken, Sr., dispatcher Sheldon Zalesky.

Recipients of the “Pre-Hospital Save” awards were: Sheldon Zalesky, attendant EMTs Rafael Ayala and Natalya Zaritskaya, and Captain Joseph Marcellino.

Other honorees were: Christopher Reiff, “Attendant of the Year”; Sharon Sinn, “Dispatcher of the Year”; and Kevin Marcellus, “Rookie of the Year.”

The FVAC, 4623 Avenue N, was established in 1975 to serve Flatlands and neighboring communities.

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