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OUR STORY

Leonardo First Aid Squad began in 1951 by Alvin Maxson and John Nepp.

 

The first ambulance was a used Oldsmobile that was parked at Alvin Maxson's house on Leonard Ave by Highway 36.

Calls would come into the Brentwood Hotel by a special phone. The members were then called at their homes to respond to the emergency. Members would be on duty for usually 12 hours at a time. Members had to stay at their homes while on duty.

Soon after the squad began they were given a garage located on the Dempsey property on Center Avenue to house their ambulance.

In 1953 the squad was deeded land on Viola Ave, the squad's current location.

 

The original building had only two bays and a small meeting room. Over the next few years the squad expanded and acquired their first rescue truck. As time went on we had to put an addition onto the building to fit all our equipment. This addition made our building its present size.

 

The first outside siren to alert members of a call had a neon green cross on it to show people where to go in an emergency.

Through out the years we had several ambulances including Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles.

 

The first aid saw many changes over the years, expanding to include a water rescue unit Water rescue unit.

 

In the early 1970's the squad had purchased its first box ambulance, a Horton box placed on a Chevrolet Pick-up chassis.

 

As the membership grew so did the number of children interested in being part of the first aid, in 1968 the Junior First Aiders program was established. This program is still functioning today and its members are now called the EMS Cadets.

 

In 1981 an explosion and fire destroyed the ambulance and rescue bays as well as a 1971 Cadillac ambulance and caused excessive damage to our other equipment and the building.

 

The squad again suffered a serious fire in 1990. Once again the ambulance bays were damaged, thankfully our ambulances were saved by members who drove them out of the building during the fire.
 

In 1992 Leonardo First Aid expanded again and added a Dive team as a result of several serious water rescue calls.

 

Leonardo First Aid continues to strive for the best, with a first responder vehicle, 2 ambulances, a rescue truck, a dive truck, and 2 boats, we service our community by answering emergency calls throughout the township of Middletown including mutual aid to several surrounding towns.

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Mission

The mission of the Leonardo First Aid & Rescue Squad shall be to rescue or render first aid to the injured regardless of race, color, or creed and provide proper transportation of the sick or infirmed.
All efforts of the squad shall be constructed to cover the general area serviced by the squad and any area designated by the Township, State, County or Civil Defense authorities. The squad shall further the cause of First Aid, Life Saving, and General Safety in all its branches. The Squad will answer emergency calls within the Township and surrounding communities providing EMS and Rescue to include but not limited to MVC, surface water, underwater and general, search, recovery and rescue operations.

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Vision

The Leonardo First Aid & Rescue Squad envisions the future of EMS as a progressive, data-driven, patient-centric practice where high-quality training, cutting-edge equipment and a healthy cadre of volunteers stand ready to respond to any emergency situation it is called upon to respond.

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PAST PRESIDENTS

Year
President
1952
Alvin Maxson
1953
Alvin Maxson
1954
Alvin Maxson
1955
Alvin Maxson
1956
James Brownridge
1957
James Brownridge
1958
Rochard Pomphrey
1959
Rochard Pomphrey
1960
James Brownridge
1961
Thomas Golden
1962
Kenneth Bottino
1963
Kenneth Bottino
1964
John Wankel
1965
John Nepp
1966
John McGowan
1967
Kenneth Bottino
1968
John McGowan
1969
Kenneth Bottino
1970
Kenneth Bottino
1971
Thomas Errington
1972
Thomas Errington
1973
Thomas Errington
1974
Calvin Stone, Sr.
1975
Bernard Snyder
1976
Bernard Snyder
1977
Alvin Maxson
1978
Richard Everett
1979
Richard Everett
1980
Patrick Campbell, Sr.
1981
Patrick Campbell, Sr.
1982
Jefferey Oxnard
1983
Jefferey Oxnard
1984
Jefferey Oxnard
1985
Arthur Weimer, Jr.
1986
Arthur Weimer, Jr.
1987
Arthur Salisbury
1988
Arthur Salisbury
1989
Calvin Stone, Sr. / Glen Morehead
1990
William Reed
1991
William Reed
1992
Jerry Long / William Reed
1993
Jerry Long
1994
Patrick Campbell, Sr.
1995
Patrick Campbell, Sr.
1996
Stacy Kelly
1997
Stacy Kelly
1998
Stacy Kelly
1999
Brian Anderson
2000
Brian Anderson
2001
Thomas Stone
2002
Thomas Stone
2003
Laurence Schachtel, Jr.
2004
Thomas Stone
2005
Thomas Stone
2006
Thomas Stone
2007
Andrew Spears
2008
Stacy Kelly
2009
Stacy Kelly
2010
Chris Kelly
2011
Chris Kelly / Susan Romo
2012
Colleen Kelly
2013
Russell Mount
2014
Jason Zito
2015
Mike Romo
2016
George Gremminger
2017
George Gremminger
2018
George Gremminger
2019
George Gremminger
2020
George Gremminger
2021
George Gremminger
2022
George Gremminger
2023
George Gremminger

PAST CAPTAINS

Year
Captain
1952
John Nepp
1953
John Nepp
1954
John Nepp
1955
Alvin Maxson
1956
Alvin Maxson
1957
Alvin Maxson
1958
Alvin Maxson
1959
James Brownridge
1960
Vincent ___ / Kenneth Bottino
1961
Kenneth Bottino
1962
Melvin Ott
1963
Richard Pomphrey
1964
Raymond Guttormsen
1965
Melvin Ott
1966
Kenneth Bottino
1967
Michael Reilly
1968
Calvin Stone, Sr.
1969
James Trainor
1970
James Trainor
1971
Robert Greene
1972
Robert Greene
1973
Richard Pomphrey
1974
Robert Greene
1975
Richard Everett
1976
Gerald Snyder
1977
Edward Maguire
1978
Robert Greene
1979
Robert Greene
1980
Carol Wilson / Jeff Oxnard
1981
Robert Greene
1982
Alvin Maxson
1983
Jim Huron
1984
Jim Huron
1985
Jefferey Oxnard
1986
Gerald Weimer
1987
Jefferey Oxnard
1988
Chet Tomanek
1989
Chet Tomanek
1990
Chet Tomanek
1991
Thomas Stone
1992
Thomas Stone / Chet Tomanek
1993
Thomas Stone
1994
Chet Tomanek
1995
Thomas Stone
1996
David Nelson
1997
David Nelson
1998
Betsy Alverson
1999
David Nelson
2000
David Nelson
2001
Laurence Schachtel, Jr.
2002
Laurence Schachtel, Jr.
2003
Chet Tomanek
2004
Thomas Stone
2005
Thomas Stone
2006
John Page
2007
John Page
2008
George Gremminger
2009
George Gremminger
2010
Robert Betz
2011
Tom Ford
2012
George Gremminger
2013
George Gremminger
2014
George Gremminger
2015
Diane McGowan
2016
Charmaine Hueston
2017
Diane McGowan
2018
Colleen Kelly
2019
Diane McGowan
2020
Colleen Kelly
2021
Peter Procopio
2022
Ed Cetron / Mike Cerrato
2023
Tom Hayden
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