Rotary sends ambulance to Mexico

July 9, 2013 

Dale Miller, left, past president of the Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club, with Dennis Fairbanks, Sierra Ambulance board chairman, Susan Macaulay, newly installed Sunrise Rotary Club president and Ed Guzman, Sierra Ambulance general manager.

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A "retired" ambulance from Sierra Ambulance will soon be shipped to Mexico thanks to the efforts of the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club.

Dale Miller, 2012-2013 club president, and 20-year board member of Sierra ambulance, worked on the project for about four months.

Sierra Ambulance donated the 2010 Ford diesel vehicle to the club after blowing a rod in the engine.

The club bought a new engine at a cost of $7,600 and had it installed by Sullivan's Tire Pros of Oakhurst.

The club then presented to the ambulance to the Madera Sunrise Rotary who have connections with a Rotary Club in Nogales, in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

A member of the Madera Rotary, former Madera County Supervisor Gordon Kennedy, picked-up the ambulance at Denny's June 2 after the Sunrise Rotary's weekly meeting. Pistoresi Ambulance of Madera, will stock the vehicle with various medical supplies before it is shipped to Mexico.

"In addition to all the community projects our club is involved it, this was one of our international projects to help our fellow Rotarians south of the border," Miller said. "The town of Nogales is using an old pick-up truck for an ambulance to serve an area with about 40,000 people."

The ambulance will be shipped from Madera with assistance from the Nogales Rotary Club.

The Madera Sunrise Rotary Club has sent fire trucks, ambulances and busses to Mexico and South America over the past years.

"This ambulance will make a big difference in saving lives in Nogales," Miller said.

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