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Ambulance Pays a Visit to Chappaqua Kindergartners

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School kindergarten students received a firsthand lesson in first aid Monday when parent Neil Bloomgarden arranged for an ambulance to visit the Chappaqua school.

“They were excited to learn about this important community resource and were thrilled to act as ‘patients,’ trying out a variety of equipment with the help of the fabulous EMTs,” said kindergarten teacher Lisa Ultan.

Bloomgarden, an EMT with the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was invited to be a mystery reader in his son’s kindergarten classroom but decided his story could not be told through a book.

“We have beautiful ambulances and are quite happy to show them off,” Bloomgarden said. He also hoped to “take some the mystery and scariness out of ambulances and emergencies."

Four kindergarten classes had the chance to try out the stretcher and wheelchair, check out the inside of the ambulance and, very briefly, press the siren. The EMTs also reviewed emergency procedures with the children.

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