Ambulance Service of Manchester, CT State Police and Highland Park Market Team Up to Promote CT Children’s Hospital Virtual Toy Drive

South Windsor Stuff a Truck Toy Drive

The South Windsor STUFF-A-TRUCK Toy Drive was held this past Saturday, December 12th at Stop & Shop.  South Windsor Police teamed up with Ambulance Service of Manchester’s Hannah Scrivener and Michael Hoyt to collect toys and cash. All donations will benefit South Windsor families in need this Holiday season.

ASM to Host New Year’s Eve American Red Cross Blood Drive

MANCHESTER- On Thursday, December 31st, 2020 Ambulance Service of Manchester will host our sixth American Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM’s headquarters. Employees, friends, family, and community members are welcome to participate. Please click on the link below to register in advance.  

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Emergency of Hunger Results!

MANCHESTER – The 12th Annual “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive, composed of 1st Responders, Rotary members, and others, was a great success. All donations went to benefit South Windsor Food & Fuel bank and Manchester Area Conferences of Churches food pantry. This year, we collected food, gift cards and cash at Highland Park Market, Geisler’s and Stop & Shop in both South Windsor and Manchester. With added precautions in place to ensure the safety of the participants as well as the donors, we finished strong and here are the results:

South Windsor Totals: Food Items: 8,984 Turkeys: 160 Cash: $12,000

Manchester Totals: Food Items: 7,723 Turkeys: 366 Cash: $18,691.73

Combined Totals: Food Items: 16,707 Turkeys: 526 Cash: $30,691.73

ASM would like to thank everyone involved for making this year’s food drive a success, despite the added challenges.

Highland Park Market, Stop & Shop South Windsor, Geissler’s, Manchester Police Department, South Windsor Police Department, Harbor Chase, South Windsor Rotary Club, Manchester Police Explorers, South Windsor Fire Department, Manchester Community College and all of hard working staff at Ambulance service of Manchester.

The ASM & Aetna Ambulance Billing Office Shows up for World Pancreatic Cancer Day

The ASM and Aetna Ambulance billing office wearing all their purple to honor and spread awareness on World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Team ASM-Aetna is participating in PanCan’s PurpleStride, a year-round national movement that funds life-changing programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. If you would like more information please reach out to our Reimbursement Manager, Amy Griskus. Click the link to donate.https://secure.pancan.org/…/PurpleStride/PurpleStride…

The Emergency of Hunger Food Drive is Underway

EMT’s Hannah Scrivener and Michael Bennett

The 12th Annual “Emergency of Hunger Food Drive” kicked off over the weekend at Manchester’s Highland Park Market and Stop & Shop. Ambulance Service of Manchester teamed up with Manchester Police and the Police Explorers to help collect food items, gift cards, and cash over this past weekend.

Next weekend, collection points are Manchester Stop & Shop as well as South Windsor’s Geissler Supermarket and Stop & Shop. All donations will go to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charity and South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank. With the increase in challenges and food insecurities, it’s more important than ever that we come together to help our friends, families, and neighbors alleviate the added pressure. We hope to see all of you this coming weekend!

A special thanks to all of the Manchester Community College NSMH, and PTK volunteers that helped us unload the full food trucks.

With a helping hand and caring heart we are helping end hunger in our community. #MCCNSMH, #NSMHWORLD,  #NSMHLIFE ,  #cougarality, #fighthunger, #PTKMCC

The Emergency of Hunger Food Drive


Manchester and South Windsor first responders to collect donated food

By JESSE LEAVENWORTH

HARTFORD COURANT |

NOV 10, 2020 AT 5:57 PM

Volunteers with the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive unload donations from an ambulance at MACC Charities in Manchester.

Volunteers with the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive unload donations from an ambulance at MACC Charities in Manchester. (Courtesy of Patrick Gleason/ASM)

MANCHESTER — Police, firefighters and ambulance crews will team up with other organizations for the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive benefiting food pantries in Manchester and South Windsor.

This weekend and next, volunteers will collect donated turkeys, nonperishable food items, gift cards and cash donations at supermarkets in both towns.

Organized by the Ambulance Service of Manchester, this is the 12th annual drive. All donations will go to Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charities, which runs a community kitchen and food pantry, and South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, drive spokesman Patrick Gleason of ASM said Tuesday.

The collection is “very critical this year,” MACC Charities Executive Director Beth Stafford said.

“Need is up and more and more ‘new’ families are looking for help with food, especially holiday meals,” Stafford said.

The South Windsor Fuel and Food Bank is run through the town’s human services department. The annual food drive stocks the pantry’s shelves for the winter months, department Director Andrea Cofrancesco said.

The need for donations in South Windsor also has increased, in part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Cofrancesco said.

“We’ve seen people that we’ve never seen before. They’re in a different situation now than they were,” she said.

Partners in the effort include Manchester and South Windsor police and fire departments, Highland Park Market, Stop & Shop supermarkets, Geissler’s Supermarket, Manchester Police Explorers, South Windsor Rotary Club and Harbor Chase at Evergreen Walk.

Collection places and times are: Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St., Manchester, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stop & Shop in Manchester, 318 West Middle Turnpike, Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stop & Shop in South Windsor, 1739 Ellington Road, Nov. 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Geissler’s Supermarket, South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave., Nov. 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jesse Leavenworth can be reached at jleavenworth@courant.com

Aetna Ambulance Celebrates 75 Years

Aetna Ambulance Service is extremely honored to be celebrating 75 years of service in the city of Hartford. Founded in 1945 by Howard and Herman Grady, Aetna Ambulance arose in response to the Ringling Brothers Circus fire that occurred in Hartford on July 6, 1944, claiming 138 souls.

The Grady Family was deeply moved by the loss of life as a result of this catastrophe, therefore they recognized a need for a full-time ambulance company. It is very likely that given the expanse of this tragedy, the community wanted to prevent it from ever happening again. Aetna Ambulance was started and was run out of the Grady family home and the flower shop on Wethersfield Avenue. It was common for the Grady gentlemen to be called out of family events, holiday dinners, and in the middle of bad weather or snowstorms to assist the local residents. They felt a very deep desire to help others in need, so they also went out into the community to teach first aid classes as well as sitting on the EMS Advisory board.

Now that being said, much has happened in the past 75 years, even the last 15 years. We would not be here today if it wasn’t for our dedicated employees. It is a point of pride for Aetna employees that the company has such a rich history.

Happy Birthday Aetna Ambulance Service

ASM Receives Early Halloween Treat

MANCHESTER – On Friday, October 30th, Fred Brown, Director of Marketing & Member Development at Northeast Family Federal Credit Union in Manchester gave the ASM Office Staff and crews and Early Halloween gift of Munson’s Chocolate bars. ASM would like to thank Fred and all of his coworkers for this thoughtful gesture of support.

ASM Blood Drive Results

MANCHESTER- On Monday October 19th, 2020 Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted its fifth American Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM’s headquarters. Here are the results:

“On behalf of the American Red Cross and the hospital patients we serve, I wanted to say thank you for hosting our blood drive at ASM-Aetna on Monday, October 19th. We couldn’t help the hospital patients in need without dedicated sponsors like you that allow the Red Cross to collect lifesaving blood, plasma, and platelets. We are so grateful to have your support!

I am happy to report that we had a fantastic turn out on Monday with 28 successful donations.  That is 4 donations over our goal. Wahoo! Here is a quick recap of the results:

33 donors registered, 1 QNS, 2 first time donors, 3 donors deferred and 28 units collected

With this, we will be able to help 84 hospital patients in need of blood, plasma and platelets. Thank You!“

Special attention was taken to ensure all of the employees, community members, and Red Cross staff maintained proper social distancing and followed all CDC guidelines during this event.

Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Hosts Breakfast for First Responders

EAST HARTFORD – On Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, Riverside Health Care organized a drive-through breakfast for local First Responders. Administrator Karen Chadderton, along with her team put together the event to show support and appreciation for Police, Fire, and EMS. Breakfast consisted of hot sandwiches, fresh fruit cups, and of course, lots of coffee. Ambulance Service of Manchester, East Hartford Fire Department, and East Hartford Police Department crews rotated through while observing social distancing protocols. ASM would like to thank Ms. Chadderton, Michael Bernardi, Laura Fault, and Maggie Roane for the well-planned and thoughtful gesture.

ASM Participates in 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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.

Farmington High School Creates Video for Essential Workers

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.

Andrew Hedberg Celebrates 10 Years at ASM

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!