EATVAC Member of the Month: December 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month: December 2016

Justine has been part of our team since February of 2012. She has been operationally active and involved administratively on several committees since joining. Justine has served as Lieutenant since 2014 and is in charge of orienting / training new volunteer members. She also serves as the Infectious Disease Officer Justine is a wonderful asset and a pleasure to have as part of the family.

"I became an EMT in 2010, and shortly after I joined East Allen. After being involved in college EMS, I
joined East Allen to gain ambulance experience and give back to the community. I am currently serving
as a Lieutenant and Infectious Disease Officer. A large part of what I do involves new members and
training them to function as full, productive members of the corps. Over the 5 years I have been with
East Allen, I completed a Bachelors in Health Science degree from Cedar Crest College and began a
career within this field. When I joined East Allen I was promised a fun place to learn about EMS and make a few friends along
the way, and I was not disappointed. As many have said before me, I consider East Allen to be an
extension of my family. I have learned from the best and made many close friends along the way. East
Allen has given me many unique experiences and I am thankful for the opportunities it has provided me.
I am proud to call myself a member of East Allen, and I am grateful for the wonderful group of members
and officers that stand behind me."

Our Past Members of The Month

EATVAC Member of the Month :  December 2015

EATVAC Member of the Month : December 2015

-Derrell Kutz-
Member Since 1982

Derrell Joined EATVAC in February 1982. Since then, he has served on many committees, positions, and most of all – ran tens of thousands of hours on the ambulance. He is one of the most experienced and dedicated members at EATVAC.
“I started my career in 1973 at Western Electric Company on Union Boulevard in Allentown. In the 28 years of service that I managed to accumulate, the manufacturing plant was bought by AT&T, Lucent, and Agere. The plant was closed in 2003, everyone one was either laid off, transferred, or retired. Eventually, it was torn down, and replaced by Coke a Cola Park.

Since then, I purchased and have been working at Pomodoro Pizza in Bethlehem.

When not working at one of those two places, most of my spare time was spent working at home, or one of our two rental properties, or here at EATVAC! Although, I consider this more of a hobby than work, because I enjoy helping people, especially when they are too sick or too hurt to help themselves.

I LOVE TO DRIVE! I drive cars and trucks, motorcycles and bicycles, tractors and trailers, snowmobiles and All Terrain Cycles, boats and jet ski's, power parachutes and airplanes, LANTA Vans and Ambulances. Two summers ago, I even learned to drive a Segway!

There are three women in my life that I LOVE: my Wife, Carolyn; my Daughter, Lynnell; and my Mother, Mom. I thank God every day for them, as they are my reason to live.

I LOVE MY CHURCH! Living Stone Fellowship in New Tripoli is where I receive most of my inspiration. And yes, I work there too, as an offering counter and Financial Secretary.

Most of all, I LOVE the Lord, Jesus Christ, God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth! The One that has provided for all my needs, including Salvation from Sin, which would otherwise result in Eternal Damnation. It is Him, who has blessed me many many times in many many ways! And He, whom I thank every day for His Kindness, His Love, and His Mercy! “

EATVAC Member of the Month : January 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month : January 2016

-Derrick Nailor- Member Since 2014

Derrick Joined EATVAC In May of 2014. Since then, he has become extremely involved in the daily operations, specifically Fire Rehab. He is a compassionate provider, natural leader, and a great asset to us.
“ I became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) almost 2 years ago. I am also currently in the process of applying to Paramedic school. In October of last year, I got engaged to the love of my life- Alisha. We love to go camping and basically enjoy any outdoor activity we have ventured into together. Like me, Alisha is going into the healthcare field and studying as a Nurse at York College. I’m so proud of her. In the near future, Alisha and I will be married and we plan to buy a home together so we and our 2 dogs, Maddie and Meliha, and our hamster who we call Hammy, can finally be together without having any distance between us.
I became an NREMT because I wanted to be able to help people in a way that would affect them the most. And being able to take care of them and make sure they arrive to a hospital when they need one was the best way for me to do this. I very much enjoy what I do, every single day. I never get to experience the same exact problem twice, as they all present their own little unique challenges and twists to each presenting case. I plan to make this a career and you know what they say; if you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life.
I am thankful that EATVAC was willing to give me a chance, and open their doors to me so I may volunteer in this community. As for making me Member of the Month, I would like to thank everyone who had a role in making this decision and giving me this honor. I absolutely love being here as this has become my second home and the other members have become my second family. As long as there is an EATVAC organization, I will continue to volunteer my time to ensure that the people of East Allen Township continue to receive the best care we have available. “

EATVAC Member of the Month : February 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month : February 2016

-Joe Light -Member since 2009.

Joe became part of our family on his 16th Birthday in March of 2009. He joined very young in comparison to our average member, but this gave him the unique opportunity to grow and become fully involved in our daily operations. He is a vital part to our administration both as an officer, and crew member We are glad to have him be a part of the team.

" East Allen was the start of my career in EMS and emergency services. I've been an EMT since 2010 and have had the pleasure of serving East Allen Township. I enjoy helping others and having a part in serving the community. Over the 7 years that I have been here I have been an officer for the past 4 years, serving as a Lieutenant, Safety officer and now currently for my 2nd term as treasurer. On top of being an EMT I have an associates degree in Criminal Justice and I am currently finishing my bachelors degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security online at Arizona State University. I work full time for the Northampton County Emergency Management Agency as a 911 Dispatcher. I love my job and once I finish college I want to further my career in Emergency Management. With all of that I am the proud father of a little girl who was brought to this Earth on July 15th 2015. Being a father has been the greatest roll I have ever been apart of and my little girl is my world. I have always been a family man and I enjoy being with my very large Italian family as much as possible. Without East Allen I do not know where my life would be right now. It has provided me with such a positive influence,and I have made many friends -some of who I even consider family as well. I am very thankful for all the opportunities that EATVAC has provided for me and I will continue to give back for many more years to come. As my uncle Anthony has told me, "you never work a day in your life if you love what you do", and I sure do love what I do. "

EATVAC Member of the Month : March 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month : March 2016

-Jonathan Kopishke - Member since 2012 Lieutenant 4675

Jon is not only a valued member to EATVAC, he is also dedicated to his family, public service, and his community. We are proud to have Jon serve as both a member and Line Officer. Currently he manages our ever-changing volunteer schedule, a massive undertaking in itself. Jon is an integral part to our operation, and it is because of people like him that EATVAC continues to thrive.


“ I joined East Allen four years ago after attending a gathering with my son Adam that had joined. I had been a First Responder for years and had volunteered during the week of 9/11/2001.
After about nine months of membership and becoming a driver for the company I was encouraged to attend the EMT class at EMI in Allentown. I have been a EMT now for three years, Completing my Crew Chief training and I am now serving as a lieutenant. I have been the quartermaster and I also serve on the membership committee. I have also become a CPR instructor and teach and re-certify people in BLS.
When not at East Allen, I am an Emergency Room Tech. at St. Luke’s Health Network in Allentown, working there for over eight years. I volunteer with Boy Scouts of America as a Asst. Scout Master working with scouts for the past twenty years.
I have been married t to my wife Pam for 28 years, have three sons that are grown and will soon have a daughter in-law.
I am very proud of this Ambulance Company we are a family here. There are not many places like this any longer. I encourage anyone that wants to learn and serve the community to join!”

EATVAC Member of the Month : April 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month : April 2016

--Alex D'Antonio - Member since 2014 - Quartermaster

Alex is a dedicated volunteer with a drive to learn. He currently serves as our Quartermaster, and is very active with our Fire Rehab unit when it deploys.
In addition to being a stellar EMT, he has a great attitude, and is certainly part of the future leadership of our organization.

Alex should be mentioned for something much more important than his contribution to East Allen EMS.
On April 13th, 2016 he will be donating a kidney to his brother Nick. This has been months in the making, but will help Nick become well.

All of us at EATVAC are beyond proud and supportive of Alex, Nick, and their family- as this is an AMAZING thing.
We are blessed to have Alex be a part of our organization.

"I joined East Allen in February 2014, just after starting EMT class. East Allen was my gateway to the EMS world. I am currently an Emergency Room Technician at Pocono Medical Center, and a part time Emergency Medical Technician with Suburban EMS. Shortly after finishing EMT class, I became an EVOC instructor for the company and am currently enrolled in the EMS Instructor course. While not running EMS or working at PMC, I take classes at Northampton Community College with a goal of applying to a Nursing program by January. By being a member of East Allen, it has opened so many doors and provided me with high quality training that is hard to find! My advice to any EMT student if you want to gain some street experience and have a good time doing it, than East Allen is the place to be!

EATVAC Member of the Month : MAY 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month : MAY 2016

-Michele Morrow - MEMBER SINCE 2004 - LIFETIME MEMBER

Michele has been a vital part of our team since she joined. She has helped to organize, structure and form EATVAC into what we are today. Although she may be "retired" from staffing the truck and holding an office, she is still active in several parts of the company.

"I initially joined the EATVAC family to drive the ambulance for the younger EMT members, however soon realized that I would better serve the organization in administrative capacities rather than on the truck. Since then, I’ve held several elected positions, including Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President. During my time I was instrumental in creating the organization’s SOGs and policies and have secured numerous grants and donations to fund things such as crew uniforms, the QRV and Fire Rehab Trailer, AEDs, and the storage building. I take great pride in having guided the organization in a positive financial direction.

One thing that drew me to EATVAC is the fact that they’re a very family-oriented organization. My entire family is involved (sons, Matt is Captain and Vince is an EMT, husband Ken is Secretary, and mom, Connie “Gram” is an Associate Member.)

Outside of EATVAC, I also serve the community through the Boy Scouts of America and the Pennsylvania PTA.

I am very proud to be a part of East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps!"

EATVAC Member of the Month : July 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month : July 2016

MaryAnn Christman, member since 2010

MaryAnn is one of our backbone members. She always goes above and beyond what is needed- helping with fire rehab, training, and new members and running on the truck. Her dedication to EATVAC is amazing, and we are glad to have her.

"I've been in the EMS since 1984. After earning EMT In 1986, helping people became my passion. I have been involved with healthcare ever since. In December of 2010, I Joined EATVAC and have been actively involved since. Currently I serve as an Assistant Captain, and play a large part in station trainings, precepting new EMTs, and maintaining personnel files."

EATVAC Member of the Month: August 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month: August 2016

Jim Taylor, Member since 2010

Jim has been a dedicated volunteer with us since July of 2010. As a member of other local departments, he is vested in the community, but he still finds time to help the residents of East Allen. He has served in various officer positions in the past, and continues to help where needed. We are proud to have Jim as part of our team.

"I have been a member of East Allen township Volunteer Ambulance Corp (EATVAC) since 2010 and I am also a member of Northampton Fire Department. I've had my EMT certification since 2005 and have served in several positions at East Allen, including Building and Grounds Chairperson, Vice-President and Interim President. Like others before me have said "EATVAC is an extension of our family to many of us." I consider this more of a hobby than a job because I enjoy helping others. When I am not at EATVAC, I enjoy doing yard work, going to the shore or just spending time with my significant other (she doesn't like girlfriend)."

EATVAC Member of the Month: October 2016

EATVAC Member of the Month: October 2016

Eric has been part of our team since March of 2010. He has been operationally active and involved administratively on several committees since joining. In addition to other things, He is currently working to create a promotional / recruitment video for EATVAC in hope to attract more volunteers. Eric is a wonderful asset and a pleasure to have as part of the family.

"I Joined East Allen in March of 2010. I've Been active with different committees and projects along with running on Sunday nights and occasionally during the week. I have been involved in all fields of healthcare since completing my EMT certification in high school. One of my greatest joys of running at East Allen is having fun with fellow members, precepting EMTs, and recruiting others through public relations. Outside the organization, I am heavily involved with the Bear Creek Ski Patrol as a pro patroller, mentor, as well as the EMS Liaison and EMR/EMT Instructor. I also enjoy teaching CPR and other EMS courses both privately and publicly for outside organizations. When I'm away from the station and the mountain, I work as an Emergency Room Technician and enjoy exploring new places with family and friends to get the most out of life."