CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Emergency Medical Services squad was honored with a proclamation declaring this week “EMS Week” at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Kent Lucas, the president of the Cranford First Aid Squad, acknowledged several members of the squad, all in attendance, for outstanding achievements within the last year.

  • Kristina Kortbaoui, a high school junior and cadet captain, took the 10-credit EMT course last summer and rides every Saturday for an 11-hour shift, going well beyond the minimum requirement of four hours.
  • Zack Kornberger, a senior at Cranford High School, took his course while attending high school and rides with the squad every Sunday overnight shift.
  • Abraham Pritzver took the most calls, 309, out of everyone on the squad in 2017. He rides multiple shifts and does CPR training as well.
  • Justin Goucalves serves as the 2018 training officer and mentors younger members.  
  • Kailin Grant, a senior at Montclair State, rides every Friday night while earning a degree in marine biology in just three years. She served as president in 2017 and captain in 2018.
  • Daniel Gomez, treasurer of the squad, rides every Saturday at 6 a.m. for eight years. He’s responded to more than 1,000 calls during his time on the squad.

“In 2017, we took 1,132 calls with an average response time of one minute and 40 seconds,” Lucas said. “We do this by responding from our building, not from our homes. We decided some time ago that if it were our families that we were going to an emergency for, we would want to be there as soon as possible. It’s a big sacrifice for our members who stay overnight for an 11-hour shift.”

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Other members of the squad, including financial officer Sandra Quintero, recording secretary Sue Lucas and correspondent secretary Joan Nathan, were also in attendance to accept the award.

“Congratulations to our First Aid Squad,” Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley said. “You do wonderful work.”