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Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps begins cleanup after storm damage


DUANESBURG, N.Y. – First responders are still stunned after the Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps building sustained severe damage during Thursday’s storm.

Winds and debris tore down an entire wall, while high gusting winds also picked up a heavy dumpster and tossed it hundreds of feet from the building. An ambulance was damaged as well. 

Fortunately, no one was hurt. The president of Duanseburg Ambulance Corps says it was a good thing the firefighters weren't in the building because the outcome could have been a lot worse.

But here at this here at this volunteer corps, they want the public to know they may be bruised, but they aren't broken.

"I had no clue what we were going to do. I mean at that point we were out of service completely, the building looked like it had collapsed down on itself,” said EMT Steve Zink.

First on the scene, he says water was rushing from the roof all the way to the basement, with a wall completely blown out.

"Everyone was in shock; it's not something you'd expect in Duanseburg, New York,” he said.

But it didn't take long for the volunteers to pull it together and make a plan. Using their one undamaged ambulance to respond to a crash less than an hour and a half after the tornado hit.

And now the volunteers are out in the community once again taking advantage of their annual coin drive held every year on the Friday before Memorial Day -- except this year the money will go towards rebuilding.

Zink says it could be months before the volunteer corps is back up and running, but that won't stop them from doing a job they are so passionate about that they volunteer to do it in their spare time.

Head to the Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps website to find out how to donate, or you can donate through an online fundraising campaign, here.

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