Construction of the TI-Rescue Building on Graves Street is progressing rapidly. The steel pillars and roof supporting structures has been completed in the ambulance bay section of the building and the framework on the administrative and operations portions of the building is also taking shape. DC Builders of Watertown is the contractor and the timelines are still on tract for August finish dates.
TI-Rescue grieves loss of Sister EMT
One of our dedicated and outgoing EMT’s is embracing a new challenge and her spirit will be truly missed at TI-Rescue.
Deborah Jane Powers Oliver, 71 passed away February 4th 2016 at her home surrounded by loved ones and incredible Hospice nurses. She battled cancer for over 20 years with humor, grit and positivity, beating the odds many times over. Deborah was a passionate educator who taught for the Cranford, NJ school district for 25 years and continued to instill her love of reading and learning for years afterwards by tutoring local youths. She had lifelong love of the Thousand Islands, retiring here with her husband Bob in 2002 and capturing that beauty through her art and poetry. She volunteered as an EMT with both TIERS and Wellesley Island Volunteer Fire Department, sharing her compassion and caring with the community. She was also a member of the Clayton Methodist Church.
Deborah was predeceased by her brother David and her parents Robert and Elizabeth Powers. She is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Danielle (Jimmy) Jones, son Scott (Molly) Oliver, sister Cyndie Powers Hall and nephew Jon Powers. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wellesley Island Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund, a cause she vigorously worked for in her final years.
A Celebration of Life will be held this summer so that all of her River friends can attend.
Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, NY and condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.
We will miss you Debbie!
Good News–Steel for the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service’s building arrived at the site of the new station. DC Builder employees worked throughout the morning taking the steel off the truck and placing it next to the foundation and floor area. Ground breaking took place next to Clayton Fire Department on October 14, 2015 and the TI-Rescue architect, Aubertine and Currier says construction is on schedule and the community will see the structure take form Feb and March with delivery of the remaining components. TI-Rescue has also been donated “In-Kind” materials like doors and windows from local businesses reducing costs and they expect more from businesses in the near future. The generosity so far of the Public, Businesses, Trusts, and Foundations have contributed nearly $687,000 towards the $1.3 million goal of the One Life at a Time Capital Building Campaign.
Much more generosity is needed to make the goal and secure an Emergency Medical Services capability of which the community can be proud. TI-Rescue still needs your financial help, just as you need that ambulance when calling 911.
The TI-Rescue Board and Campaign Committee are studying naming opportunities commensurate with donations. Several community presentations have been done with the next two being the Knights of Columbus on February 9th and then TI Chapter of ACBS on Feb 13 at Bonney Castle. Organizations, churches and civic groups can request a talk from TI-Rescue Management on status and progress and to help inform all regards of Emergency Medical Services in the North Country. TI-Rescue volunteers are also starting a follow up telephone call campaign to businesses and property owners plus gearing for several donation dinner events this Spring. More information can be obtained on the TI-Rescue web site www.ti-rescue.org as well as donation forms and ability to donate on line.
Official Ceremony Celebrates a Permanent Home for the Agency
Clayton, NY, October 14, 2015 – Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Services will host an official ground-breaking ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the site of its new building at 855 Graves Street in Clayton, next to the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department.
Public officials, members of the TIERS Board of Directors and its Capital Campaign Committee, and representatives from the architectural and construction contractors will be in attendance. In case of inclement weather, a tent will be available for the brief ground-breaking ceremony marking the event. Light refreshments will be provided.
“TIERS has spent a great deal of time and effort over the last several years to reach this important milestone in its development” said Rolly Churchill, the agency’s Executive Director. He also noted that “This project would not have happened if it not for the hard work and assistance of many groups and individuals, including the Towns of Orleans and Clayton and the Village of Clayton, the TIERS Capital Campaign Committee and its Chair, Dan Throop, staff members and volunteers, and the many generous people who have contributed to date. A generous gift from the Northern New York Community Foundation helped kick-start our campaign.”
Created in 2001 by leaders in Orleans and Clayton, TIERS delivers paramedic-level emergency care, the highest level of care available, on a 24/7 basis using both paid and volunteer staff. In partnership with the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department and its fireboat, TIERS also serves the island residents in these two communities. TIERS provides mutual aid to surrounding communities and islands as well. (Additional information on TIERS and its building campaign is attached.)
As a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization, TIERS is committed to excellence in patient care and community health and safety education. The New York State Department of Health recognized TIERS’ level of excellence by naming it the 2008 Emergency Medical Services Agency of the Year.
Our good friend Norm Wagner passed away Thursday Octover 1, 2015. When I first arrived to Clayton to assume the role of Director of Operations in 2001, Norm took me on elaborate rides in our ambulances to get me aquainted with the geography of the Town of Orleans and Clayton. With each road, turn and stop in our meandering road trips Norm had an interesting story, a history lesson and description of nearly every house, family, and days gone by that made me appreciate what the River area has and what the future could bring. After Norm had open heart surgery he was no longer able assume the role of my ambulance driver but cordially voluteered to be a “patient” in my EMT classes. He found it entertaining to “just be himself” to the sudents and jokingly quiz them about the medications he took. This is what Norm did. The real deal. Norm was a testimonal to human spirit, humor, and what the bond of friendship is secured with. I will miss you my old friend.