The Pine Bush Area Volunteer
Ambulance Corp.

The Beginning

For several years, the Pine Bush and Wallkill area were serviced by the Crist Ambulance Service. In 1958, this ambulance service was discontinued. The area was without any local emergency medical services.

Ralph Brach, a local businessman, was interested in having an ambulance service established. The need for such a service became apparent when a Pine Bush resident suffered a heart attack in 1962, and died. The incident prompted Mr. Brach to arrange a meeting at the Pine Bush Lumber Company early in 1963. the meeting was attended by Greg Greer Sr., Frank Burger, Dave Rosenbaum, Ralph Brach and Ben Kunin, a founder of the Walden Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

As a result of the meeting, notices were posted at various places in Pine Bush, requesting all persons interested in forming an ambulance corps, to sign names and addresses. A month later, letters were written to those who had signed up, inviting them to a meeting at the High View Inn in Pine Bush. Nearly eighty people attended the meeting. In a short time the total of volunteers would be more than ninety.

In the following months, officers and trustees were elected, three man crews were established, funds were raised, and volunteers took classes to become certified in first aid treatment and procedures.

On August 1, 1963, the Pine Bush Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps inaugurated service on a 24-hour basis. The Corps was established, and continues, through the efforts of determined and dedicated local citizens.