June 19 – Happy Birthday Dean Romano

dean222I have absolutely have no stomach for seeing other people in pain. If one of my grandkids falls and scrapes their knee I’m usually the one who starts crying, which is why I admire the amazing work emergency medical technicians do in this world of our’s. Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant is my all-time favorite EMT. His name is Dean Romano and he just happens to be married to my younger sister, Maria. Talking to him about the situations he encounters on his shifts as an EMT at Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services (REMS) is often more exciting than watching a reality TV show. Just a few weeks ago, his crew was called to a home where they encountered a man who was clinically dead. He wasn’t breathing and his heart had stopped. Dean and his crew brought him back to life.

Dean also brought REMS itself back to life. A few years ago the government of the Town of Rotterdam had decided they were going to terminate the town-financed ambulance service, lay off its 40-plus employees and contract out with a private company.  Instead of accepting that fate, Dean spearheaded the effort to transform the town’s ambulance service, which had been in operation for 75 years,  into a private not-for-profit company. Many told him he was wasting his time, that it had never been done before, but Dean persevered and his efforts …

(This Medal of Honor winner who once lived in Amsterdam was also born on June 19.)

My complete birthday post for Dean Romano will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. On June 30, 2016, I will also once again begin distributing an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that will include the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I will recognize each month. Each newsletter will also include an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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