To the Editor:
Wake up, Wedgewood. Regarding the recently failed Liberty Township fire and EMS levy -- you've been taken down the garden path.
When it comes to fire and EMS service, what you need is primarily a function of response time from "time of need" to the "time of delivery" of service by a well-trained professional.
As an example, in 1993, my husband, Max, was home alone working outside at our home on Paddington Way in Wedgewood. He "overdid it" and had a coronary. He had his cellphone with him and called 911. Liberty Township EMS was dispatched and arrived in minutes.
Yes, he suffered a heart attack, and while the EMS team and Max were on the way to the hospital, they determined that they needed to immediately give him a shot of "clot buster." His cardiologist said the injection was what saved his life.
Then, in 1999, my son, Michael, who had suffered a broken back in an airplane crash, had serious surgery and after physical therapy came to our home to recuperate. He called me to his bedroom, saying, "Mom, I can't feel my leg ... I am blind, I cannot see." I immediately called 911 and in no time the Liberty Township EMS team was there. When they took him out of the house, he had no blood pressure and faint pulse. His complexion was gray. He had suffered a pulmonary embolism.
Michael recovered as a result of the well-trained professional EMS team who thought quickly and performed a "sternal rub" on the way to Riverside, which, as the physicians there said, led to a chance for total recovery -- which, in fact, did take place.
Why do I tell you these things? You might have saved a few dollars a month, but our Liberty Township fire and EMS professionals are priceless in an emergency. A 10 percent financial increase might mean a lot to you, but not when you need well-trained professional help. You never know when you or a family member might need life-saving action.
Wedgewood defeated the November 2012 election levy by 72 votes. Did you really know what you were doing?
Vote down the levy this time and you will have no protection. Yes, Delaware County will be obliged to provide whatever services they can within their budget capability, but the professional EMTs that I have talked to say the "critical response time" will be significantly lengthened.
I hope you will vote "yes" on Feb. 5 for the sustaining 5.6-mill levy.