Pittston Township Ambulance recently held its 2018 annual Winter Dinner Social for the EMS staff, board members and guests. The dinner was held at the end of January at the Dupont Hose Company and was an opportunity to look back on highlights of the past year and look toward the new year. Officers for 2018 were introduced and the EMS staff was recognized for service to the community and overall years of service. Honored for years of service were Capt. Ed Warunek Sr., 32 years; Assistant Capt. Ron Pesotini, 18 years; 1st Lt. Heather Pesotini, 24 years, and 2nd Lt. Ralph Dixon, 22 years. There are 32 total EMS providers on staff, 23 of whom are active. This represents more than 400 years of service by all providers with active members in excess of 175 years. All EMS providers were mentioned by name and those attending, along with board members who attended, received an insulated bag featuring the Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association logo. Representative of families of the late Frank Kremitske and Joseph Shumlas received invitations to the dinner. Both families requested memorial donations be directed to the Pittston Township Ambulance. The donations, which totaled more than $1,200, will be earmarked for equipment purchases as per the families’ wishes. For the Shumlas family, this is the second time they directed memorial donations to the ambulance association. A few years ago, when Joseph’s wife, Dolores, passed, the Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association received monetary donations that enabled the association to purchase an AED which has been used in successful cardiac arrest saves. Mark Kremitske and wife Diana attended the event on behalf of his family. A representative of Shumlas family was not able to attend. Also at the event, four staff members were recognized for CPR patient saves. These providers responded to two separate 911 emergencies in 2017 that involved patients in cardiac arrest. With field diagnosis, care provided and AED use, both were successfully revived prior to arrival at a hospital emergency department. Both were eventually discharged from the hospital after further care. Receiving awards from Geisinger, from left, are 2nd Lt. Ralph Dixon, Tim Koch, Julia Shandra and Don Hudzinski Sr.