Business lends a helping hand to GVAS

Employees at Pritchard's of Garner encourage other businesses to consider volunteering as "backup callers" for the Garner Volunteer Ambulance Service. From left: GVAS President Glen Juhl, Pritchard's manager Tim Shmidt and employees Krista Pringnitz, Nicole Burgardt and Garrett Black; and GVAS office manager Alexis Gilbertson. The Leader|Rebecca Peter

GARNER – When a call for assistance during a medical emergency arises, the Garner area community counts on the Garner Volunteer Ambulance Service to respond - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A Garner business has found a way to lend a helping hand.

Since March, the employees at Pritchards of Garner, have served as volunteer “back-up” personnel.

When an ambulance called, these volunteers contact other GVAS personnel to make sure there is a crew and driver available should the need for a second ambulance arise.

Glen Juhl, GVAS president, approached Tim Schmidt, Pritchard’s manager, about the possibility of having the business serve as daytime back-up call personnel.

The team approach has worked out well.

“We see this as a pilot project that, hopefully will catch on with other businesses,” said Schmidt. “All the employees are definitely on board. One employee is taking it a step further to become a driver.”

Read the complete story in the June 28 Leader.