FHVAC holds annual awards ceremony and installation of officers
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The radio goes off and a dispatcher says there’s been a motor vehicle collision on 67th Avenue and Queens Boulevard. The crew’s keys jingle as they calmly rush into the garage.  The base gate roars as it opens.  

Out goes the green and white ambulance known as FH3.  The call begins before the crew even gets there. 

The driver, crew chief and attendant all think the same thing, “Will I get there before any other ambulance and get a chance to serve my community?”

This is one of many calls that the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps (FHVAC) base may get as it stands on Metropolitan Avenue like a diamond in the rough.

The agency recently had its annual awards ceremony and installation of officers.  Among its members, the agency also honored and recognized one particular member, Bob Castioni. 

Castioni is a member who has dedicated 45 years of service to the agency and his community.  He began his tenure at FHVAC in 1974 at the age of eighteen years old.  With his career as a Customs Special Agent, from 1983 to 2003, and a father of three children, he managed to dedicate himself to serve his community. 

Castioni is a lifetime member at FHVAC.  He still pulls tours on the ambulance regularly and is the longest standing member of FHVAC. 

He is known as a leader, mentor, and icon at FHVAC. 

The members of FHVAC wish to congratulate him on his 45 years of service and extend our gratitude for all that he has done for FHVAC, its members and the community. 

FHVAC would also like to welcome the new 2019 officers, including President Jacek Mystkowki, Vice President Alan Wolfe, Captain Roy Renna, 1st Lieutenant Jeremy Davis, 2nd Lieutenant Josh Lugo, Treasurer Anthony Bu, Secretary Rafael Aranbayev, Training Officer Peter Lantin and Safety Officer Aviv Citron.  Good luck to all the officers and thank you for serving Forest Hills community.

(By Bogdan Tiflinsky)
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