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Pittsford Ambulance honors Don Prevette

A celebration was held Thursday at the Shepherd Home in Penfield for one man, Don Prevette.

The Shepherd Home is a hospice and Prevette's primary caregiver explains that Prevette didn't want a funeral when he passes, he wanted a party.

That party was held Thursday and had special meaning for Prevette, an ambulance was there to honor him for his many years as a Pittsford Ambulance volunteer.

"We decided it was our time to give back to Don for all the things that Don had given to us," says Christopher Forsyth, director of operations. "We decided to dedicate this ambulance to Don because of his current condition and all the years of service he's given to our organization."

"I couldn't be prouder. A complete surprise and I'm just overwhelmed, truly overwhelmed," says Prevette.

In 1985, Don was indebted to the ambulance service his wife received for a broken ankle. He repaid that debt with over 24,000 hours as a volunteer.

"It was just an enjoyable place for me all the time, all those hours, I enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I was back there now but circumstance dictate differently," says Prevette.

A Pittsford Ambulance will now carry the legacy of Don Prevette into the future; a reminder of the dedicated spirit of volunteerism and friendship.

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Washington Times