MOUNT VERNON — A celebration commemorating 90 years of experience with the Mount Vernon Fire Department was the scene Saturday evening at AMVETS Post 95. Family, friends and co-workers came out to give their regards to Rick Cantrell, Mike Cronin and Jake Frederick who had recently retired from the MVFD. This trio was the last of seven original paramedics hired in 1983. They had all previously been employed with Martin Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital and later Knox Community Hospital.
“It’s a bittersweet retirement. It’s tough to see them go. These three in particular were the frontrunners for EMS in our department,” said Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace.
“They set the bar for patient care advocacy. There are many on our current roster who owe their skill and their development in the EMS side of our industry to these guys,” he said, adding that their commitment to the fire department was excellent in helping to lead the transition to EMS requirements in the department. “They played a decisive role and were the mentors of all the current paramedics,” said Menapace.
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