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City receives housing gift for EMS staff

Donor gifts house to city for use by on-duty paramedics


The Manistique Community Center, pictured above, served as a housing unit for Manistique EMS paramedics until an anonymous donor recently gifted a house to the city. 
Pioneer Tribune photo The Manistique Community Center, pictured above, served as a housing unit for Manistique EMS paramedics until an anonymous donor recently gifted a house to the city. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – The paramedics and emergency medical technicians of the Manistique EMS Ambulance Service have received a much-needed donation – a house. The new living quarters for on-duty employees was accepted during a recent Manistique City Council meeting.

According to City Manager Sheila Aldrich, the city of Manistique was gifted the house, by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, for use by Manistique EMS.

“This gift comes at a time when we were trying to find a solution for the current housing, which is at the Community Center,” she explained. “Ken (Golat, Manistique Public Safety Department di- rector) and I had been discussing it for a while … The situation there was not good, and we were asking paramedics to stay in a situation where there were no showers and no hot water in the bathroom, and everything was pretty much sub-standard.”

Aldrich said that the gift of the house, located on Oak Street in Manistique, was a “blessing”. She added that once council accepts the donation, a walk-through will be completed and the house will be outfitted with the equipment needed.

“A lot of the paramedics that we use now come from the area just south of the bridge – Petoskey, Charlevoix,” Aldrich said. “They are living in housing that was just brand new built – new ambulance garages, brand new buildings – so it has to be quite a change when they come and stay a couple days at a time with us.”

Golat noted that the donation of housing was “direly needed.”

“We only have three local paramedics – we have a crew of 25 – the other 22 come from out of town,” he said. “There’s room for only one person down at the community center … this will be a tremendous asset to our program.”

Council members voted unanimously to accept the donation of the Oak Street residence for use by Manistique EMS Ambulance Service.

Following the vote, Councilperson Rick Hollister noted that the house is “very desirable property”.

“I think they will be very happy with it,” he said.

Councilperson Paul Walker pointed out that the city is grateful for the donation.

“We owe a great debt of gratitude to the donor who made it possible for us to house our paramedics who continue to service the city of Manistique,” he said. “That’s a tremendous opportunity for us to take care of our paramedics who take care of us.”

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