Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 18
May 4, 2020
Heroes in Hard Times
This blog is a shout out to our Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps in general and specifically highlighting Melissa Naylis, a dear friend and Ambulance Corps member. I can’t claim Melissa for one of our own. She is a Presbyterian, and an elder at the local Presbyterian Church. I have worked many hours with her during our joint Vacation Bible School programs. I wish that I could claim her. She has a Christian heart that is reflected in her volunteering for the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BVAC).
Melissa joined the ambulance corps in 2008. She is a state licensed EMT and has been an officer since 2011 and a served on various executive positions. She is a doer with a strong work ethic and a compassionate heart. She told me a few things about the ambulance corps.
It operates 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.
No patient ever gets a bill. (I know this for a fact. I was transported in one of the ambulances six years ago and never received a bill)
All of the members are volunteers and do not get paid.
Every member is a NJ licensed EMT.
Each member is required to do continuing education each month.
During an average year the Corps responds to over 2,300 calls. This, of course, has risen during this time of Covid-19. Since the beginning of March, with the outbreak of Corona, their calls have risen by 28%. This, of course, increases the cost of what they are doing.
I am honored to be writing about Melissa, and the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BVAC). I am humbled to know many of the Corps members and I am in awe of their dedication. May God bless Melissa and the others richly and reward them for this humble service.
Obviously, the corps needs money. All of the equipment and supplies comes from private donations. I hope that many folks who read this will be moved to support this Corps financially. For more information on the corps, Covid-19, or to donate, please see the links below:
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