SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Ambulance Squad members Brendan Erickson, Jake Lepore, and Andrew Lopuch have won Emergency Medical Service Council of New Jersey/New Jersey State First Aid Council 2017 Cadet Scholarships. The three young men are seniors at Sparta High School.  They have been serving the community for several years on the squad. They dedicate many hours to training and certification programs as well as answering the calls of residents in distress.  

The EMS Council of New Jersey/New Jersey State First Aid Council comprises more than 300 volunteer first aid and ambulance squads.  The Cadet Scholarship program is open to cadet and junior members of squads who are members of the Council.  The purpose of the program is to assist cadet and junior members who are continuing their education in college.  Only eleven high school seniors are chosen for this statewide honor each year.

Brendan Erickson will continue his education at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Business. 

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"It was an honor to get the first aid scholarship along with the two other members on the Sparta squad," Erickson said. "Knowing that we were the only squad to get multiple scholarships was pretty impressive not only for our cadet program but also our squad in general."

Jake Lepore will major in Biology at Hofstra University. 

"I would like to thank the Sparta Ambulance Squad for giving me the opportunity to be a better person and to help me with this scholarship," Lapore said.

Andrew Lopuch plans to attend James Madison University, majoring in Biology.

"It is a true honor to receive recognition ike this for our service to the community," Lopuch said,  "I am proud and humbled to be able to provide medical service to the Sparta community along side such dedicated young members like Brendan and Jake."

Pictured left to right are Andrew Lopuch, Brendan Erickson, and Jake Lepore.

Founded in 1947, Sparta Ambulance Squad’s mission is to provide 24-hour compassionate, caring emergency medical services to the Sparta community.  For further information, please visit