Family, friends, and coworkers are rallying around a veteran Providence Fire Captain who was paralyzed in an accident.
His life undoubtedly has changed forever, but he's got a surprisingly positive attitude. And he's taken to YouTube to prove it.
D’Ambra posted a video to YouTube called “Paralyzed and Positive” the day after a motocross accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. "I want everyone to know I’m doing really well", D’Ambra said in his video.
Two of his daughters say they're proud of their father for keeping an incredible attitude even though life his life has been turned upside down.
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Three members of the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service have been honored for helping to rescue a Hope Valley firefighter who suffered a heart attack while responding to the massive fire at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School on July 29.
Volunteers Jillian Gardell, Travis Serra, and Matthew Viner, EMTs with the ambulance service, received the EMS Pride Award this week along with members of the Hope Valley Ambulance Squad. The emergency medical service award is presented by the Rhode Island Ambulance Service Advisory Board, which meets monthly.
Andrew Kettle, chief of the Charlestown unit, praised the work of his volunteers, as well as those with the Hope Valley Ambulance Squad, who shifted gears immediately in order to save the firefighter’s life.
Matunuck Elementary School students filed Tuesday onto the school’s lawn, where they were greeted by local police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Hand-drawn cards in hand, the students seemed eager to offer thanks to the first responders for their tireless work keeping them and the entire town safe.
“We walk around saying ‘thank you for service’ to soldiers,’” said Francesco Capaldi Jr., a lieutenant with South Kingstown Emergency Medical Services (EMS). “But we never realize, until we take a step back, how much of an impact we make in the community. And even though we weren’t there on 9/11, we still do dangerous stuff, all of us.”
Capaldi continued, as students approached to hand over the thank you cards they’d made.
“It’s nice to be recognized,” he said, standing beside the other first responders, a firetruck behind them. “It’s very humbling.”
When Richard Quetta previewed last Sunday’s 14th Annual Rhode Island Antique Fire Apparatus and Equipment Show, he noted: “We will have several added attractions this year.”
Perhaps the antique apparatus aficionado – who has his personally owned old-time fire engine that’s a memorial to his late brother Providence Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank Quetta – should have said “we’ll have all sorts of interesting things going on” inside Johnston War Memorial Park.
For young and old alike, you see, the “Johnston Jewel” was like Mecca for everyone and anyone who enjoys those shiny red fire trucks that were on display in a number of shapes and sizes Sunday five hours.
Two pumpers, for example, used water from the park’s pond to shoot streams of water into the air that captured the eye of event-goers as well as motorists driving up-and-down Hartford Avenue (Route 6) throughout the day.
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