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Page4 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 23, 20t 2 Boston EMS EMT and 12.Year-Old Girl l Honored as 911 Heroes To honor their courageous actions during an extremely emotional call, Boston EMS EMT Sara Curry and 12-year-old Tanisha Andrade o-f Hyde Park were awarded the by Sal Giarratani 9-1-1 Medal of Honor and 9-1-1 Heroes Certificate at the Commonwealth of Massa- chusetts 9- 1- 1 Heroes Awards Ceremony recently. The ceremony took place at the Yard House Restaurant in the Fenway neighborhood. "Our Dispatch staff is the critical link between the public and our field crews ev- ery hour of every day. I am extremely proud of EMT Curry and her dedication to doing everything she could to ensure a good out- come for this family," Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley said. "I am also very impressed with the composure this young girl had in such a frightening situation." On December 30, 2011, Boston EMS EMT Sara Curry received a 9-1-1 call from a preg- nant female in active labor who was at- tempting to drive herself to the hospital. The caller also had children in the car with her; the oldest was 12-year-old Tanisha. After in- structing the patient to pull over and stop, Curry quickly determined the location of the vehicle as well as other information. Then speaking with Tanisha, Curry calmly in- structed her how to help her mother deliver the baby. Though Tanisha was obviously scared, Curry maintained a calm and reas- suring demeanor. Curry continued to instruct Tanisha until emergency crews arrived. Boston EMS EMT Sara Curry and Tanisha Andrade. Curry has been an EMT at Boston EMS for six years and currently assigned to Dispatch Operations. Call takers and dispatchers at Boston EMS are certified EMTs who have received weeks of special training with EMS dispatching, including how to stay calm during stressful situations. For more infor- matibn about Boston EMS, please visit our website at www.cityofboston.gov/ems. 9-1-I for Kids is the official emergency caller training program created by U.S. 9-1-1 communication center officials, emergency medical, fire and law enforcement profes- sionals who were charged with the task of developing educational tools to help reduce the alarmingly high numbers of non-emer- gency calls made to 9-1-1. More informa- tion can be found at www.91 lforkids.com. The Future isn't What it Used to Be Recently, while walking cars with tires. They look dif- over to the Museum of Sci- ferent, they cost more but ence in Boston, I passed by they still run on gasoline. the West End Museum and As far as the moon went, was curious enough to go in- there are still no resorts up side for a look-see. It is quite there. No flights out of Logan small as museums go, but it Airport. The man in the is packed with items and moon is still the only man dreams from yesterday be- living up there in solitary fore the wrecking ball razed confinement. When folks a perfectly good neighborhood take vacations, places like in a quest for a better future. Aruba are still in great de- That better place never came mand too. We still kill each and all many have are the other in wars that only ghosts of that neighborhood's change names. Many of our past. The museum in many streets are still killing fields ways is like your memories patrolled by the police who do coming into sight, the best they can. We still It was an interesting walk have elected officials who down memory lane from a promise everything, at elec- past many of us were trying tion time but produce very to escape. I can remember little in the name of the watching Astronaut Alan future. Shepard become the first In 1962 today was the American in space the day future. Not much different. after my 13th birthday in Sometimes not even bet- 1961. I can remember the ter, right? Today, I dream following year when my of the future still. What will whole class at St. Francis de we be like in 2020? How * of Flu Sales were taken into the about 2048? What about the Saint Nicholas e school's TV room to watch 22nd century? When those i by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Astronaut John Glenn orbit dates and time become i, the earth. Those astronautsour present, we will still Nicholas was born on he should devote himself part of Project Mercury were be saying what happened to March 2] 1417 into a pros- entirely to the contemplative inspiring young people intothe future? How more jaded perous peasant family, in the life; with the consent of his dreams of their future. I can will we be then? I expected Swiss Canton of Unter- walden on Lake Lucerne. He is said to have been a con- scientious child who at an early age was fond of prayer and practiced mortification. At the age of 21 he entered {he army and is fhough{ {o have fought in battles near the Etzel in 1439, in the Can- ton of Zug in 1443 and as- sisted in the capture of Zflrich in 1444. Nicholas fought in the Thurgau war against Archduke Sigis- mund of Austria in 1460. It was due to his influence that the Dominican Convent St. Katharinental was not destroyed by the Swiss confederates. At the age of 25, he mar- ried a girl from Sachseln, named Dorothy Wyssling, who bore him five sons and five daughters. They farmed in the municipality of Fliieli in the alpine foothills, above Sachseln on Lake Sarnen. He continued in the military 'till the age of 37, rising to the position of cap- tain; Nicholas was held in high esteem in his canton, and proved to be a cap- able farmer, military leader, judge and councilor. After liv- ing about twenty-five years in wedlock he listened to a powerful inspiration that came to him in a dream, that LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CtANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW DIVORCE * WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS CRIMINAL * PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 wife, he left his family on October 16, 1467, to live as a hermit settling at Ranft about an hour's walk from his home in Sachseln where he became known as "Brother Klaus - " Legend {ells us {hal or nineteen years Nicholas lived without benefit of food or drink, as was estab- lished through a careful in- vestigation, made by the civil as well as the ecclesiastical authorities of his time. He wore neither shoes nor hat, and even in winter he dressed merely in a hermit's robe. His reputation for sanc- tity grew and Nicholas was visited by leaders from all parts of Europe seeking his advice. The enormous influ- ence of Nicholas was demon- strated in 1481 when a dis- pute broke out between del- egates of the Swiss Confed- eration at the Diet of Stans, creating an imminent threat of civil war. An appeal by Henry Ingrund, pastor of Stans, was made to Nicholas to mediate; he worked through the night and came up with a set of proposals that was agreeable to all sides in the dispute thus saving Swit- zerland from civil war. Nicholas is honored among both Protestants and Catholics for having helped create the permanent national unity of Switzer- land. He passed away in 1487 surrounded by his family. He was beatified in 1669, After his beatification, the munici- pality of Sachseln built a church in his honor where his body was interred. He was canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII. His feast day is cel- ebrated on March 21 except in Switzerland and Germany where it is September 25. Nicholas is the Patron Saint of Switzerland. also remember as a 21 year old listening to a radio late at night as Astronaut Neil Armstrong touched his foot down onto the surface of the moon. "One small step for nlotrx. On ~iaxlt stcy for r~laL-~ kind" became my gener- ation's mantra. We were seekers. We were adventur- ists. We dreamed of a future in our control. We were a gen- eration caught between the Flintstones and the Jetsons. I remember seeing those fly- ing cars and thinking we were the future George detson. However, the flying cars never materialized. We never got beamed into that future either. We still drive so much more by now. I still dream of the future but not with the same passion as in my youth. Unfortunately, the future doesn't seem to end up looking like we expected. Son~etin1~s the futur~ is like missing the bus in the morning. You miss it. Then wait for the next one. They all look the same and they take you to the same place. No surprises only more of the same a little later. The future used to be a goal but not really anymore as we simply try and survive the present. Life used to be more than that depressing bottom line and it should be again. Greater Boston's Affordabte Private Cemetery Traditional Burial Plot @T, c LCE nRY ,l~ COMMUNITY MAUSOLEUMS GARDFJq ~OLUMBARIUM$ 617.524.1036 131 www.stmichaelcemetery.com the Italian community for over 100 years/ f Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 www,bo tonharbor idehome,com Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J