Sen. Peter Harckham awarded a proclamation to Maria Hlushko, longtime North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps captain, to recognize her work at the corps in the past dozen years. 

Harckham said at the Oct. 8 Town Board meeting that whenever there’s an accident or a natural disaster, Hlushko is always there to help. Her “remarkable” presence is a reassurance to the person who is in need. Harckham thanked her on behalf of the New York State Senate and people across the state.       

“We’re here to recognize the hard work and sacrifice of people who made our community a better, safer and more inclusive place. Your work at the ambulance corps is quite an example of that,” Harckham said. “You’ve given your time and efforts selflessly. When a person is in need, there’s something so reassuring when your neighbor is there.”

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About a dozen community members, including NSVAC volunteers and Town Board officials showed their support at the meeting.

Hlushko, a North Salem native, joined the NSVAC as a driver in 2007 and served as captain after she became an Emergency Medical Technician. She has stood on duty at local horse shows, hockey games and wrestling tournaments, as well as Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

She’s gotten up in the middle of the night, walked out on family dinners and spent countless hours training to provide quality care to neighbors and to be able to respond to emergencies. 

“We see things that most people do not see in a lifetime, but yet we continue to respond,” Hlushko said in a follow-up email. “We’ve seen many members come and go, but we all seem to have the same goal…to help our neighbors in a time of need.”
Hlushko, who is currently the town clerk, has also been the confidential secretary to the town supervisor since 2004. She’s been involved in the North Salem Lions Club, Soccer Club, Girl Scouts, Booster Club, PTO and St. Joseph’s Choir.