Stronger together

By on October 30, 2019

Andrew Etman stopped by Ephrata Ambulance on the morning of Oct. 29, preparing to turn in his uniform and bid his daughter, Emily Galliher good-bye, before heading to Hershey tomorrow for a month of isolation, following a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy, to treat his Stage IV Diffuse Large B Cell Non Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Ephrata Ambulance EMT, Andrew Etman’s last day before going to Hershey Medical Center for stem cell surgery to treat his diagnosis of stage 4 brain cancer.

However, Etman didn’t know that he’d walked into a surprise group of area responders, waiting for his arrival, in order to wish him good luck and remind him that they have his back.
“I got a text from Pioneer Fire Company, saying they wanted to do a send off for my dad,” said Galliher. “I thought it would be a few guys. It was so much bigger than I imagined.”

Responders from Pioneer Fire Company, Lincoln Fire Company, New Holland Ambulance, and Ephrata Ambulance came to wish Etman well. Etman has been with the Ambulance for five years.
“We want to thank everyone,” said Galliher. “And especially Pioneer. They have been amazing. I don’t know what we would do without them.”

Donations can be made to the “Medical Fundraiser for a Brother EMT/Firefighter” Facebook page.”

Aubree Fahringer is the Cocalico editor for The Ephrata Review.

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