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Citizens and others turn out for HAS building ribbon cutting Saturday

WALSENBURG — While it is not quite ready for full time occupants, over 50 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location of the Huerfano Ambulance Service at 326 Main St. Saturday evening. The new home for the ambulance service is one of the oldest plat locations in the city of Walsenburg and has been re-purposed many times since the early days. Students and vocational instructors from the The Career Building Academy (TCBA), along with sub-contractors have worked on remodeling of the facility for a number of months. No announcement has been made when the full move into the new facility will be done. The Huerfano County Commissioners; Chairman Art Bobian, Ray Garcia and Max Vezanni, along with County Administrator John Galusha, joined other local leaders, Walsenburg Mayor James Eccher and Huerfano County Hospital District Board Chairman Bill Hix and Career Building Academy staff and ambulance personnel in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 pm Sat., August 2. Huerfano Ambulance Director Sherry Mann

was unable to attend the ribbon cutting as she was involved in an ALS (advanced life support) transfer to Pueblo, living the motto, the patient comes first. Mann has been instrumental in development of the new facility and working with county officials to ensure the ambulance service has enough qualified volunteers. “Remodeling the Huerfano Ambulance Service building was an exceptional experience for TCBA students. The pride the students took in their work shows, and the experience will last a lifetime,” academy founder and president Rick Johnson said in a press release. While the project has come in a bit over budget, the concept of using an existing building opposed to building a new one from the ground up, has been a cost saving decision by county officials. The 24 volunteers of the ambulance service will have a full kitchen, recreation and training rooms in the new building, as well as private sleeping quarters. They, of course, will have to become adept at sleeping through the noise made by passing trains that will be much louder than at their former home near the Huerfano County Community Center on Russell. According to officials, there are still a number of items needed to outfit the new facility, including; six twin mattresses, dining table set with six chairs, six small desks with chairs ( one for each bedroom), one couch and two easy chairs, new stove, microwave, dishwasher, two washing machines and one dryer, and workout equipment. For information on how you may held the ambulance service call 719-738-1919.