COVA developing memorial garden at base on South Main Street

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 June 2022 at 2:17 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance is putting in a memorial brick sidewalk and memorial garden by the COVA base at 239 South Main St.

The organization this morning added a new bench by the garden and a fountain is coming, too. The bench was donated by Brigden Memorial and says, “MAY THE WHEELS OF EMS FOREVER ROLL.”

The garden will honor the founders of COVA from when it formed in 1979. The memorial bricks for the walkway can recognize anyone. Those bricks are $50 each. The proceeds will go towards upgrading the base and equipment for the emergency medical technicians for COVA.

COVA volunteers, staff and board members are pictured by one of the COVA ambulances today. The organization is holding its second annual “Caring for COVA” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pictured in front from left include Dan Conrad, Bob Stilwell, Faith and Mike Smith. Back row: Zack Laurin, Jennifer Stilwell, Megan Amacher, Aaron MacKenzie, Sam McKeon, Laurie Schwab, Brandi Fisher, James Fisher, David Bertsch, Dylan Marx and Megan Tabor.

“The big reason we’re doing this is to show COVA is here and we hope to stay here,” said Brandi Fisher, COVA’s chief financial officer and an EMT.

Twisted Treats served up ice cream from their food truck. Pictured from left include owner Jessica Taylor and her mother Bobbie Jo Taylor.

Michelle Wiseman checks out the gift baskets inside the Arnold Gregory Office Building. There are about 70 that will be raffled off.