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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7A SPI foundation donates $25,000 toward ambulance purchases Mike Taborski Publisher mtaborski@plumasnews.com With a check from the Sierra Pacific Industries Foundation for $25,000, along with contributions from other organizations and individuals, a small group of local citizens led by John and Kitty Gay is getting close to its goal of raising enough money to purchase a new ambulance for Plumas District Hospital. The anticipated price range for a new ambulance to meet the needs of a district of this size and geography is $140,000 to $180,000. The committee is receiving bids from a number of ambulance manufacturers that will be opened and reviewed later this month. In just a few short months, the committee has already raised nearly $110,000, including a $20,000 donation from the PDH Volunteers; $10,000 from the Quincy Fire Department's volunteers' own fundraising efforts; and a host of smaller contributions from other organizations and individuals. PDH officials said they can commit $50,000 toward the purchase. The Gays said a complete list of donors will be released once the fundraising is complete. Mark Lathrop, community relations manager for Sierra Pacific Industries, said his company's foundation makes donations to youth sports, educational programs and other projects that benefit the communities where the company operates its sawmills. "It is important to support our medical community and our emergency response teams, not just for our employees and their families, but for the all the people who live in the communities served by these dedicated first responders," said Chris To help in the community's efforts to replace its aging ambulance fleet, Mark Lathrop, community relations manager for Sierra Pacific Industries, presents a check to Dr. Jeff Kepple, Plumas District Hospital chief executive officer, in the amount of $25,000. Joining in on the presentation is ambulance emergency medical technician Eddie Mutch, left; Chris Skinner, manager of the Quincy sawmill; John Gay, ambulance fundraising chairman; and paramedic Sam Blesse. Photo by Mike Taborski Skinner, manager of the Quincy sawmill. PDH's chief executive officer, Dr. Jeff Kepple, accepted SPI's check on behalf of the Plumas District Hospital Foundation. He mentioned that he recently had the opportunity to tour the Quincy plant's newly constructed large-log sawmill operation and was extremely impressed. "The investment they've made in this mill and our town reassures me of the commitment they have to this community and their employees." He added that SPI's contribution and all of the other donations are yet another example of the incredible support that comes from this community. Some background As an emergency first responder and captain for the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, John Gay has worked closely with the hospital's ambulance crew and said he is all too familiar with the hospital's aging fleet of ambulances, their maintenance costs and long-term continued reliability issues. Gay, speaking as a member of the community, said he'd like to think that the hospital should have been able to set aside the moneynecessary for ambulance repairs and eventual replacements. But, he said, like so many rural hospitals, PDH has had its share of financial challenges over the years. He said its current leadership now has the hospital moving in the right direction. The oldest ambulance in PDH's service was purchased in 1999 and has logged over 110,000 miles. It is the one they plan to replace with the money raised. The hospital also operates a 2002 van-type ambulance used primarily for patient transfers to Reno and Chico hospitals. The other was purchased in 2006 and is currently relied on for first-out response calls. He said it is also showing its age, as evidenced by its mounting repair bills -- which Gay reviewed when he started this fundraising project. He and the hospital's ambulance team think it will make for a good backup for several more years. "Adding a new wen-equipped first-out ambulance will serve the people living in these communities for many years to come. The new unit will also provide a higher level of safety for the emergency responders," Gay said. Relayfor Life to be held Saturday Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plu masnews.corn Quincy storefronts are purple as merchants gear up to welcome the community to the 17th annual Relay for Life to be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the county courthouse. Many merchants will offer specials and longer hours to accommodate the Relay teams and their supporters. Fourteen teams from across the county will walk around the courthouse for 12 hours raising money for the American Cancer Society. The event begins with opening ceremonies and the survivors' lap at 10 a.m., and culminates with the closing and Luminaria ceremonies, which conclude at 10 p.m. Luminarias will be available during the event so that attendees may 1{( ' , v ' RELAY remember family or friends who have battled cancer. Teams will also be offering cold beverages such as iced coffee and lemonade, holding opportunity drawings and selling other items to raise money for their team contributions. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day with performances by the new circus-themed group Quircus, the Zombie Girls (of All-Star Follies fame), Kristina's Gymnastics, the Retallack family, Rhythm & Grace Dance Studio and the Happy Happy Joy Joy Family Band. Relay for Life co-chairwomen Sheila Vargas and Nancy Clark are enthusiastic about the new format and location for this year's event and hope that it will draw more members of the public to the festivities. They also stress that it's not too late to become a participant, by either forming a team or joining an existing one. "Teams can register up to the day before the event," Clark said, though earlier is better for logistical purposes. Those who would like to register may do so online at relayforlife.org/plumascoun tyca. 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