MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Margot Friedlander saw in April how quickly emergency response teams move in life-and-death situations. The Mount Kisco realtor believes it may have saved her husband’s life.
“I sent a note to the Katonah Fire Department thanking them for their professionalism,’’ said Friedlander, who works for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “They’re all volunteers. They run out of their jobs during the day or leave their homes at every hour of the night, including the dead of winter, to respond, and they come from all walks of life. I don’t think people take enough time to appreciate them and what they do.”
Margot's husband was involved in an accident on Interstate 684 in Katonah. A pickup truck traveling north went over the guardrail and into the southbound lanes. The truck landed on Friedlander’s vehicle. The roadway was closed for nearly two hours.
“The Katonah Fire Department was there within minutes,’’ Margot said. “The chief of Katonah saw my husband’s plate from the Mount Kisco Fire Department, where he is a volunteer, and called the Mount Kisco chief. He said they didn’t want them to respond, it was that serious."
The gas tank from the truck was sitting on top of Friedlander's car, but the the Katonah Fire Department jacked the truck up which allowed the Katonah Volunteer Ambulance Corp with the Fire Department to get him out of the back of his car safely.
"The quick response, extensive training and professionalism of these volunteers saved his life," Margot said. “The Mount Kisco Volunteer Fire Department was ready to come to the hospital and donate blood if necessary. They are like a family.”
Golden’s Bridge Fire Department and Somers Fire Department were among the teams who also responded to Friedlander’s accident.
Margot, who is also a member of the Mount Kisco Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary, knows that without the swift response by emergency personnel the consequences could have been more dire.
She hopes the community recognizes the sacrifices, effort and time volunteer responders make every day to protect the citizens of their towns.
“I don’t think people take enough time to appreciate them,’’ Friedlander said. “They don’t know what they’ll find when they show up at a call. They pay out of pocket for many items. They come from all walks of life. They are your plumbers, teachers, business owners and attorneys. They’re young and old and they are there to help everyone. People need to support their volunteer fire departments and ambulance corps with donations, or even volunteer themselves. They are your neighbors and a big part of our communities.”