CROSS RIVER, N.Y. -- The Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC), the Town of Lewisboro’s all-volunteer and community supported emergency medical service provider, has received a new and fully equipped sport utility vehicle to serve as a “fly car” for rapid response to emergencies.
A fly car allows medics to respond swiftly and to triage patients prior to the ambulance, which would then transport patients if necessary.
The fly car was donated by longtime Lewisboro residents Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan, prominent philanthropists and owners of AP Farm in Cross River.
Known in the community for their donation of the AP Farm Athletic Fields to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, the married couple has supported local, regional and national causes for more than two decades.
The Lewisboro Library, the Jacob Burns Film Center, and the Westchester Land Trust are just a few organizations that have benefited from their generosity.
“We can think of no local organization that expresses the selflessness and caring for our community more than LVAC," said Rose at the LVAC Gifting Ceremony held on Tuesday, Sept. 6. "Peter and I are extremely proud to be able to present LVAC with this handsome and greatly needed vehicle."
The fly car is a custom built white 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe. It is fully equipped with the standard basic life support (BLS) medical equipment carried by an ambulance along with advanced tools including syringe epinephrine (a significant cost reduction from EpiPens), Narcan for drug overdoses, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks, an automated defibrillator, a Lucas Device for automated chest compressions, and communications equipment.
“Adam and Peter have made an incredibly generous gift that will enable LVAC to reduce care response time and to maintain our status as one of the most highly trained and skilled all-volunteer ambulance services in the region,” said Lucian Lipinsky, captain of LVAC. “We are humbled by their commitment to the health and safety of their community.”
Members of the Lewisboro Town Board and representatives from some of the volunteer fire companies in town attended the presentation on Sept. 6 when Rose and McQuillan presented the gift at the LVAC meeting of the organization.
“With an increase in monthly calls (last month was a record high of 52) it is critical that our fleet of vehicles be ready for action," said Ann Hirsch, President of LVAC. "This new fly car will greatly support our work. We encourage others to follow Adam and Peter’s example. They have previously made a substantial donation to the purchase of our ambulance, but this is only the second time in our 30 year history that someone has donated an emergency vehicle outright. Look for the AP Farm Fly Car at community events.”