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Scho-Wright returns the favor

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Albany/HV: Scho-Wright returns the favor
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Schoharie may have been spared from Hurricane Sandy's wrath, but that doesn't mean the community isn't doing what it can to help those that weren't as lucky, pick up the pieces. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, Scho-Wright Ambulance Services sent one of their rigs to Long Island to help with the recovery.

SCHOHARIE, NY. -- Member Cappy Santos said, "It's very rewarding. I don't know how to say it without crying, but it's a very rewarding experience to do this for somebody."

Scho-Wright members say goodbye to the rig that served thousands of calls throughout the county. It heads off for Long Island, as a gift to Bellmore-Merrick Emergency Services.

"They were seriously damaged in Sandy's wake and are in desperate need of a replacement rig. They had three and are down to one and that was compromised to some extent," said President Bob Price.

And these guys know more than anyone how much of a difference donations can make since they lived through it last year with Irene.

"Last year when we got hit from the flood, many fire stations and ambulance services came out and helped us and now we're going to do it in turn for somebody else," said Santos.

A new ambulance would cost the company around $150,000. Scho-Wright had been planning to sell the ambulance to offset costs of a new one they bought earlier this year.But after seeing the devastation down south, members knew it was time to return the favor.

"Our members voted unanimously to make this donation," said Price.

Member Ginny Bevins said, "That was a very proud moment for Scho-Wright. There was no arguments. Everyone was in complete compliance, they just said let's do it."

The ambulance will arrive on the Island Tuesday evening.

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