With sadness, JAVAC now a thing of the past

I am sad to announce that as of March 26, the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (JAVAC) has officially closed their doors. The Johnstown Fire Department commenced coverage for the city as of Jan. 7, and will be the primary Emergency Medical Service provider for the city of Johnstown.

Since 1971, astounding men and women volunteered countless hours serving the community, night and day, 24/7. In recent years, our volunteer numbers dwindled and paid crews were introduced. Although JAVAC fell on hard times, struggling with financial difficulties, the generous donations from the community and the hard work of dedicated staff and board members kept JAVAC going strong. No matter what, we made sure that JAVAC was on scene when a 911 call was dispatched. Those in need had a sigh of relief when the blue and white ambulance pulled up to a residence or a scene of an accident. Everyone grew fond of JAVAC and the professional men and women that worked so hard. I am sure they will be missed by many.

As president of JAVAC, I would like to send my sincere gratitude to the community for supporting us for many, many years and to the amazing staff that played an intricate role right until the final days of JAVAC’s existence. No matter what time of day or night, rain, sleet or snow, they arrived on scene prepared for whatever the challenge might be. I hold them all close to my heart.

I would also like to say a special thank you to Cindy Kimball, Joe Potter, Rob Caruso, Chuck Caruso, and Sam Parish for all their hard work and dedication. They are truly remarkable individuals, who supported me with the quest to make JAVAC one of the best EMS providers in the area. I will forever be indebted to their loyalty.

In closing, I wish the Johnstown Fire EMS the very best with their future endeavors. May they serve this fine community with their utmost professionalism and integrity.


DUANE J. ABBOTT, president