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Ambulance Service In Jeopardy

The Great Bend Borough Council had an extended information session with representatives of the Hallstead-Great Bend Ambulance Service at its meeting on April 1. John Brant, President of the Ambulance Service, and a colleague came before Council to explain their situation and lay out a plan for resolving it. Great Bend Borough "fathers" the service: is its home, where its equipment is based, and manager of its workmen’s compensation insurance program. Yet membership has been gradually declining over recent years, to the point where some have begun to question its viability. According to Mr. Brant, the service now has only about 10 active members, with three active Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). He said that, after Montrose, his group has the highest call volume of any in the county, and that two of the three qualified EMTs are carrying the entire load. A recent meeting that was advertised in the area drew only two residents who were not already members.

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Appeal Expected in Scher Decision

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Jerry Pappert is not ready to let Dr. Stephen B. Scher board a train to North Carolina and freedom. On the contrary, Mr. Pappert is determined to do all that is legally possible to keep Dr. Scher incarcerated in a Pennsylvania State Prison.

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