Garverick Award goes to Middlesex Valley Ambulance

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Ruth Benedict, right, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Health Foundation, presents the Gary Garverick Memorial Award to Shirley Lafler, secretary of the Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance Service. Looking on at left is Jere Garverick, widow of Gary Garverick.

The 2011 Gary Garverick Memorial Award has been presented to the Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance Service for the purchase of two intraosseous guns, one for each of the corps’ ambulances.

Intraosseous infusion is the process of injecting directly into the marrow of a bone. This technique is used in emergency situations to provide fluids and medication when an IV line cannot be used.

The annual Garverick Award, which memorializes the former coordinator of Emergency Medical Services for Yates County, was initiated in 2000. It is available to emergency services organizations within the county for specialized equipment, educational programs or training.

The Garverick Memorial Award is funded by the Finger Lakes Health Foundation.

Previous recipients include the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Branchport-Keuka Park, Benton and Himrod Fire departments, the Dundee Emergency Squad, Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance Service, the Rape & Abuse Crisis Service of the Finger Lakes, the Bellona Volunteer Fire Company and Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes Inc.