On September 11th members of the South Windsor Fire Department and Police department gathered with residents of South Windsor to commemorate the loss of nearly 3000 lives on 09/11. Paramedic, Jeffery Rasmussen and EMT Raymond Philbrick represented ASM and joined more than three dozen people attending the memorial that took place at South Windsor Fire Department Headquarters memorial garden.
On Tuesday September, 1st Aetna Ambulance and Ambulance Service of Manchester joined forces with State Representative, Geoff Luxenberg and others to clean Keeney Park in Hartford. Staff from both companies arrived early and collected trash and large objects along the Windsor Avenue Park entrance in Hartford. Hands on Hartford is willing and able to provide volunteer opportunities to directly impact the communities we work and live in. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing organization just click on the link below.
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”. Martin Luther King
ASM would like to thank all of the faculty and staff from Farmington High School, with special recognition to Olivia Giuffria, for creating and sharing this amazing video for ASM and Aetna Ambulance. Words can’t express how much we appreciate your support and encouragement during these challenging times. We are all in this together! Click here.
Working and precepting at ASM encouraged me to grow as an entry-level provider. The preceptors that I’ve worked with have been knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers, and held me to the highest standards. I feel lucky to work here and gain experience with emergencies, critical transports, as well as having the unique opportunity to learn ventilator management. I am excited to further my career with ASM and become the provider I aspire to be.
MANCHESTER — On August 10th, 2020, four EMTs were added to the ASM team. As part of our continued growth, Aetna and ASM seek out only the best candidates. We look for employees who are focused on high-quality patient care, are team oriented and conduct themselves in a professional manner. During the orientation, employees learn about company philosophy and goals, quality assurance, and policies and procedures.
ASM is proud to recognize Andrew Hedberg who celebrates 10 years of service this month. In addition to his responsibilities as an EMS-I, Drew is a Driving Training Officer, Field Training Officer, teaches CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens and initial EMT classes at Manchester High School for the program that is run for students wanting to become EMT’s. We would like to thank Drew for his hard work and dedication to both the company and our community. Congratulations Drew!
MANCHESTER – As of July 8th, 2020, ASM’s Amie Lacasse has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Amie was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in December of 2017 and completed her Paramedic training through Capital Community Colleges Paramedic Program. Amie’s preceptors were Paramedic Supervisor Bob O’Neil and Paramedic Dave White.
As with all precepting phases at ASM, Amie’s final approval came from Eastern Connecticut Health Network after shadowing her in the field as they responded to emergency calls. On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Amie the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.
Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. was founded in 1945 by the remarkable Grady brothers in response to the Hartford Circus Fire on July 6, 1944, a tragedy that claimed over 100 lives and injured hundreds. Brothers Herman and Howard Grady later joined by their wives Jean and Ethel Grady founded the company, creating one of the first minority-owned ambulance services in the country. The successful business has continued to fulfill a vital public service while retaining it’s rich diversity and exceptional medical care. It is a point of pride for Aetna employees we continue this tradition to the present day. uAt a time when World War ll was still in progress, the arrival of the Barnum and Bailey Circus was a big event with no exception to the city of Hartford. The attraction provided excitement in difficult times. The crowd was made up of mostly women and children as many of the men were away fighting in the war. The large Circus tents were set up on Barbour Street in Hartford. At the time the tents were made out of canvas and it was common to use paraffin, a combustible material, to make them water repellent. The fire led to the national prohibition of canvas tents coated with paraffin. uBrothers Herman and Howard Grady had both been Corpsmen in the Navy where they trained in first aid that would prove valuable in treating and caring for the injured. The Grady Family owned a flower shop on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford and would later run Aetna Ambulance out of their family home. At a time before television, people listened to the radio and when word of the fire was announced, a call went out for anyone with a truck or vehicle to respond to the scene to help transport the injured to the hospital. The Grady family immediately used their delivery van to assist and transported many. The Grady Family was deeply moved by the tragic event and the great loss of life in the Circus fire. They recognized a need for a full-time ambulance company in Hartford and went on to start their own in 1945, more than 10 years before the civil rights movement took hold in America. They possessed a deep commitment to help those in need, commonly being called out of family events, holiday dinners in inclement weather. The Grady’s also taught first aid classes to help educate others and serve their community. Aetna is proud of its dedication to Emergency Medical Services and it’s distinction in medical transportation.
Ambulance Service of Manchester is proud to recognize Steve Cordeiro, who celebrates 25 years of service this month. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to EMS.
Jeffrey Rasmussen is a Paramedic and CREST Team member for the Ambulance Service of Manchester. ASM would like to thank you for your tireless effort to serve our community. Congratulations Jeff!
To show our DEEP APPRECIATION for the work THEY do EVERYDAY
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Borgida & Company, P.C. (Manchester office only) is offering free federal & State of CT income tax preparation and submission of 2019 personal (1040) tax returns to First Responders* who live and/or work in Manchester, CT. The program will run from June 1, until September 1, 2020. First Responders are encouraged to contact us ASAP as the returns will be completed on a first come, first served basis.
*For the purpose of this promotion, First Responders include: Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) & Emergency Medical Services (EMS), also Law Enforcement including State Troopers, Sheriffs, Sheriff’s Deputies and Local Police.
>First Responders must show proof in the form of an ID badge and one mail item with home address.
>First Responders must contact Borgida & Company, P.C. between June 1, through September 1, 2020 and the returns will be completed on a first come, first served basis.
>First Responders must sign Borgida & Company “work authorization” letter, provide copy of 2018 income tax returns and complete a new client questionnaire between from June 1 through September 1, 2020. Click on the link below if you are interested!
Manchester High School students Ciera Moore and Liya Jose practice for the NREMT with ASM’s Sean Norton. Ambulance Service of Manchester and Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS created this program last year with the cooperation with the Manchester Board of Education with the intent of bring more qualified and diversified candidates into the world of Emergency Medical Service. This year’s class offered unique challenges due to the pandemic and the students were able to successfully switch to an online class format and complete their course work. By the end of June the class will be testing for their NREMT EMT certification.
ASM is proud to recognize Supervisor, Sean Norton who celebrates 10
years of service this month. Congratulations Sean!