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Norvelt EMS welcomes 2 new emergency medical technicians

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Barbara Denning | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Becky Hontz of Norvelt and Zach Gergas of Mt. Pleasant are the newest members of Norvelt EMS after having recently acquired certification as emergency medical technicians.

When a call comes in for help in times of a medical emergency, every minute is crucial, according to Josh Janos, volunteer chief of Norvelt EMS/Land Transport and professionally licensed emergency medical technician.

Emergency medical technicians, commonly referred to as EMTs, are the first responders to many of those situations, and they have the skills it takes to save lives, Janos said.

Norvelt EMS recently welcomed two new certified members who successfully completed a four-month training course held at Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood.

Zach Gergas of Mt. Pleasant and Becky Hontz of Norvelt are 2013 graduates of Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School.

They each said they are pursuing careers in nursing, so becoming an emergency medical technician seemed like a natural course of action for them.

Along with being a firefighter with the Mt. Pleasant Borough Volunteer Fire Department, Gergas said he wanted to “better serve the community” as an emergency medical technician.

There are a variety of situations to handle as an EMT, said Hontz, who also serves as a firefighter with the Norvelt volunteer department.

“I enjoy it, because you never know what's coming when you set out on a call,” she said.

Gergas and Hontz have gained experience in patient treatment prior to certification as part of the course curriculum working alongside members of the Mt. Pleasant Medic 10 and Norvelt EMS.

Janos said he's worked with Gergas and Hontz previously.

“Both of them are fantastic EMTs, and they are assets to our service and our community,” he said.

Barbara Denning is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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