Nope. This isn't my 53rd blog post. I'm way past that by now!
Actually, Post 53 is an EMT post in Darien, Ct. that is staffed by volunteers who respond to calls 24 hrs a day, 365 days a week.
Post 53 was founded in 1970 by John Doble and and his son Bill. John and several other parents in the community wanted to teach their children about what can happen to people if they are influenced by drugs and alcohol.
The idea was to recruit high school students, train them as first responders, and allow them to respond to emergency calls. Post 53 is a self-supported organization, raising all of their funding through two main fundraisers each year. It is staffed completely by volunteer teenagers with adult advisers. The teenagers respond to thousands of calls from Darien citizens each year. They take the incoming calls, dispatch responders, drive the ambulances, assist citizens on site and take them to the hospital when necessary. The local police, hospitals, and high schools work with them. Post 53 is locally and nationally recognized for their superior program and excellent performance. And, according to their website, 88% of the 'Posties' are on either the honor or high honor roll at Darien High School.
I don't know about you, but I think this is pretty incredible. I have never heard of a program like this before. Their community depends on them and have faith in their abilities. So many communities are losing funding for their emergency responders, while it won't save jobs, perhaps some should look into following this model. It just goes to show what teenagers are capable of doing.
If you're interested in learning more, or possibly donating to their organization, you can visit their website here: www.post53.org
My Saturday will be a bit busy - I have a trial personal training session at a studio near Madison Square Park early in the afternoon. I've already informed her of my foot issues, and she'll work around them. I think I will stop by the Union Square Farmer's Market before hand for a few items since I'll be so close! Then, Woody and I are going out to Jersey (shocking, I know) to see the Red Wings play the Devils. We'll be rooting for Detroit, if you're wondering! Sunday will be for resting and finding the next book to read!
Don't forget to enter the holiday music giveaway before it ends on Sunday!
Have a great weekend!