A goal is a dream with a deadline
With the closing of Ossining Hospital, it became apparent that the citizens of Ossining needed a reliable ambulance service to transport them to the newly formed Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow).
The president of the Ossining Auxiliary Police, Warren Stahl, appointed Peter Mancuso Chairman of a committee to look into the formation of an ambulance corps. Mr. Mancuso enlisted the aid of two friends, George Feltman and Frank Vasallo, Jr. to assist him.
Mr. Mancuso and his friends decided that there should be an ambulance corps in Ossining, and also decided that they would be in successive order its' first three captains. They kept that pledge and on August 14, 1958 the first true organizational meeting of the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps was held. Thirty-three members of the Ossining Auxiliary Police Force became Charter Members. The Corps was formally incorporated in September 1958.
The first training consisted of a 26 hour American Red Cross First Aid Course. O.V.A.C.s' first instructors were Eleanor (Ellie) Mowatt and Frank Krakenburg. These first instructors demanded a high standard of performance from all ambulance corps members.
The first ambulance, pictured above, a 1947 Cadillac was purchased from Briarcliff Manor for $2,500. A fund drive was held to pay for the ambulance and other supplies with a goal of $6,000. Over $8,000 was raised. The money came from numerous civic groups and the people of Ossining. Much of the first equipment was donated.
On December 15, 1958, at 12:01 A.M., the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps was officially in service. About 9: 00 A.M. they answered their first call, the crew was Frank Vasallo, Jr., George Feltman, Roland Ferris and Gustav Anderson. It was projected that 200 calls would be in answered in the first year. O.V.A.C. responded to 515 requests during its' first twelve months
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