Athens Area EMT celebrates 50 years of service

  • Source: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau
  • Published: 06/13/2024 12:00 AM

PHOTO: Gary Beastrom is celebrating 5 decades of service with the Athens Area Ambulance Service. He's actually one of the original members of the EMS staff that was first trained in 1974. "They wanted to start an ambulance service in Athens, they were gonna order it and it would be here in July of 1974. He asked for volunteers to go to school , so a couple of us raised our hands," said Beastrom. Now, half a century later, he's still going, taking calls with the now 13 staffed volunteer based service. Although, he says some things might have changed over time. "Back in those days we were paged by phone, so we had to train the babysitter not to answer the phone when it rang a certain way," chuckled Beastrom. Wednesday, his community and EMS family that he's given so much to, is giving something back.


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