Jerry Dobbs honored at Elcho|
|Elcho Emergency Medical Services Chief Jerry Dobbs, who was instrumental in the formation of the community’s rescue squad a decade ago, was feted and lightly roasted at a retirement dinner Saturday.|
Dobbs and his wife, Carmen, were the guests of honor at the celebration held at Tattle Tales in Elcho.
State Rep. Mary Czaja presented the outgoing chief with a plaque adopted by the Wisconsin State Legislature recognizing the many years that he served the community. She and State Sen. Tom Tiffany spearheaded the efforts that led to the plaque.
He also received an award from the Elcho EMS and a gift card from the town of Elcho. Sue Godin from St. Mary Hospital in Rhinelander presented him with several gifts, including a retirement hat and sunglasses and sunburn cream.
Dobbs has been a member of the Elcho Fire Department since 1998 and was instrumental in the formation of the rescue squad in 2003 and 2004. He served as an officer and assistant chief prior to becoming chief in 2009.
The Dobbs’s were also honored for opening their house to as many as 20 foster children in the past five years.
Dobbs was employed by the Amron Corporation in Waukesha for many years, retiring in 2004. He was active in a regional ski patrol and received his EMT license in 1993. He became a member of Elcho Fire Department when he was transferred by Amron to Antigo in 1998.
Also honored at the dinner were new EMS Chief Carl Bloechl and Assistant Chief Lissa Iwanowski, Ron Mach and Iwanowski were cited or having the most on-call hours in 2013, with over 3,000 each.
Connie Olsen, squad service director, organized the dinner.
Jerry Dobbs receives his recognition plaque from State Rep. Mary Czaja.