SUMMIT, NJ - Three exceptional members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad -- Erol Raymond, Richard Raymond, and Kate Getzendanner -- were saluted at the organization's annual meeting, with awards presented to squad volunteers who exhibit outstanding leadership and exceed organizational service goals.

The Presidential Award, presented to a member that “goes above and beyond during the year for the good of the organization,” was presented to Erol Raymond, a 10-year veteran of the squad recognized for his consistent and dedicated service as chairman of the technology committee.

The Chief's Award, presented to a line officer that “provides exceptional assistance to the Chief throughout the year,” was presented to Richard Raymond -- the son of Presidential Award recipient Erol Raymond -- who has served on the First Aid Squad for the past 15 years and was recognized for his work in ambulance maintenance and building security.

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“Both Erol and Richard Raymond worked tirelessly to ensure the integrity and safety of our equipment and physical building,” said D'Ecclessis. “They are dedicated and valued volunteers and fully deserving of this special recognition.”

A 30-year Service Award was also presented to Getzendanner, recognizing her three decades of dedicated service to the squad.

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization providing pre-hospital emergency medical care and transportation. The squad responds to more than 2,000 emergency calls each year.

For more information regarding the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, visit