SPARTA, NJ – The township council members honored Tom Holovacs for 50 years of service to the community as an EMT with the Sparta Ambulance Corps. Mayor Molly Whilesmith read a proclamation to the large crowd in council chambers on Tuesday at the township council meeting.
Holovacs has been with the squad since 1969 and was in the second EMT class in New Jersey when the program first began, according to Whilesmith.
He originally listed ‘banker’ as his profession when he first started as a volunteer but then went on to become a nurse. Holovacs worked as a critical care nurse at St. Clare’s Hospital until he retired two years ago, according to the proclamation.
“His performance of the duties and responsibilities of his position on the squad has been characterized as exemplary whereby he has gained tremendous respect, trust and admiration from citizens and fellow EMT’s who had the opportunity to work with him,” Whilesmith read.
“I want to thank the town council for helping the squad and thank the police department,” Holovacs said. “The police are there to help us; help us lift and keep patients under control. We couldn’t do our job without the police department and the rest of the squad.”
Holovacs also thanked “Nana for getting up with me at all hours," and putting up the the calls coming even when they were in church.
"I want to thank you personally for your lifetime of service," Councilman and Ambulance Squad member Dave Smith said.
"The residents are fortunate to have you," Township Manager Bill Close said. "To serve a lifetime speaks of the character of these individuals."
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