Weekly Feature

2010-08-18 / Editorial

Spindle items

KEATON DEPRIEST Associate Editor

MATCHED IN A BOX — Following Monday’s Town Board meeting, I briefly spoke with Councilmembers Guy Marlette and Jay Anderson who both commented on my attire — a purple shirt, purple tie and black pants.

Marlette asked, jokingly, if my girlfriend had something to do with how well my shirt and tie matched. I have two confessions.

The first is that I pride myself on being well-dressed — even outside of a work environment.

My second confession is that I can match a pair of shoes, belt, pants and shirt, but once a tie is thrown into the mix, I am dumbfounded. I can’t tell you how many times my girlfriend has said “That tie doesn’t match.”

In fact, just a couple of weeks ago I stopped at my mom’s house for lunch and even my mother commented, “Who dressed you today?” Evidently whatever tie I was wearing was a fashion “don’t” when worn with a certain color shirt.

On Monday, however, talking to Marlette and Anderson, I was proud of the fact that I actually had something right. I even told them the secret of how I was perfectly matched.

Whoever developed the idea of producing a matching shirt and tie and boxing them as one item is a genius.

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DELIVERY SERVICE – There’s a tiny bundle who made quite a stir in making her entrance into the world on Monday evening, Aug. 9.

What makes this little girl’s birth just a bit different from conventional deliveries is where she arrived, and who delivered her.

The where was in the ambulance in her driveway; the who was a 21-year-old Emergency Medical Technician with Rural Metro Ambulance Service named Gregory Smith (this proud mom’s son).

What was to have been a traditional transport of a woman in labor turned into a transport for two when, shortly after prepping the patient, Greg noted that mom’s labor was more advanced than had been thought.

With the baby nearing delivery, Greg readied for the experience of bringing life into the world.

On the gurney in the rig, a little girl was in Greg’s hands before they even pulled out of the driveway.

Airway clear, mouth suctioned, cord clamped and baby swaddled, all were on their way to the hospital within 10 minutes of arriving on scene.

What is equally spectacular is the confidence with which this little girl was delivered. With most doctors not even delivering their first baby by age 21, Greg’s heart may have been skipping, but not a step was skipped in the unexpected and momentous events taking place. Much of this calm was gained through and can be attributed to his training as a member of the Williamsville Fire Department.

Through volunteerism, hundreds of hours have been dedicated to local and state medical training, acquiring life saving and life promoting skills.

The commitment of our volunteers is invaluable. Is it worth it? Even before last week’s delivery, Greg would say, “Ye s . ”

He also humbly adds however, “I was just doing what I was trained to do.”

While a baby can’t be promised, to volunteer or find out more information on joining your local fire department, visit amherst.ny.us keyword fire.

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