N.J. EMS Volunteer Celebrates 57 Years of Service
Krane recently celebrated 61 years of marriage with his wife, Pat, and come May 2018, will mark 57 years of service with the Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC).
Although no longer an active duty crew member, Krane, 81, remains embedded in the squad’s activities, still serving on several of its committees. In appreciation, EVAC members honored Krane recently for his unshakable dedication to volunteer EMS.
“During his tenure with EVAC, Dick has held every elected position except treasurer and has served on just about every committee we have,” said Paula Weiler, also a longtime volunteer and the squad’s current treasurer. “Even now, as an active life member, he hasn’t slowed down a bit.”
Formed in 1954, the not-for-profit EVAC currently has 25 volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and first responders who provide basic life support services, answering approximately 1,100 calls annually.
EVAC is one of more than 250 EMS agencies throughout the state that compose the 89-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, which now does business as the EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ). The EMSCNJ represents the interests of 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with its member agencies.
Over the years, Krane served as the EMSCNJ’s northern area vice president and as a delegate from the organization’s Third District. He joined the convention committee in 1973 and since 1989 has served as chairman of the annual Educational Symposium and Trade Show, a huge undertaking.
“Dick is a career salesman,” explained Weiler, who also serves as the EMSCNJ’s membership secretary. “He has used his considerable talents to garner donations of money, time, ads, giveaways and much more for the convention and the EMSCNJ. He is an incredibly valuable asset not only to our squad, but to EMS throughout New Jersey.”
“Dick has amazing energy,” said EMSCNJ President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. “Planning for each convention starts as soon as one finishes, and Dick always has ideas to make the next one better, more fun, more engaging.
“He scouts potential convention locations years ahead of time, driving all over the state and meeting with hotel and venue managers to negotiate the best deals for us,” Walsh said. “He lines up terrific entertainment for our banquets and vendors for our trade show, and still manages to arrange bonuses, such as a mobile ER and a medical flight helicopter for convention attendees to tour.”
Krane says he’s never been one to remain idle, but he never pictured himself this involved in volunteer EMS for so long.
“Initially, I was ‘Shanghaied' to join,” Krane joked. He explained that, at times, as he made sales calls, businessmen in Englewood who were squad members left their stores to answer calls, and convinced him to join them.
“I suppose it grew on me,” he said.
For Krane, community spirit is a family affair: his son, son-in-law and several grandchildren also are EMS volunteers.
“They saw how much I loved it, how involved I was and wanted to experience it for themselves,” Krane said. “Now they’re hooked, too.”
In appreciation of his decades of service with EVAC and as a U.S. Army veteran (1957-59), Krane was chosen to serve as co-grand marshal of Englewood’s Memorial Day parade in 2011.