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To the Editor:

On behalf of the Riverhead community, I would like to thank the emergency services personnel who made sure all calls for medical assistance were promptly answered during Riverhead Ambulance District’s recent radio problems.

The people in the trenches – Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps Officers, members and employees, Northwell Health Paramedic First Responders sponsored by Peconic Bay Medical Center, and Town of Riverhead Public Safety Dispatchers – all worked together to make sure our community was protected. They identified problems, formulated solutions, obtained the needed resources and adjusted their procedures to ensure every call for medical assistance was answered.

Thanks also to the staff at Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) for immediately supplying the replacement radios and dedicated channel when we determined our backup system was not adequate, to Integrated Wireless Technology for providing and setting up the loaner repeater and to Relay Communications for also offering the loan of their equipment. This combination of dedicated individuals and civic-minded local businesses are what sustains our community.

Keith F. Lewin, president
Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc.

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