ROBERT BARNES OBITUARY
19 September, 2022 | Published by Syracuse Post Standard
Robert Austin Barnes II
September 15, 2022
Robert Austin Barnes II died peacefully in his home on September 15, 2022. He was 73 years old. Born to Willard and Alice Barnes, Bob was a long time resident of Syracuse, NY. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Ambulance Service from 1973 until he retired in 1994. He was Co-Founder of Northeastern Rescue Vehicles. Bob was passionate about being a first responder as an EMT and Paramedic and loved working on the rigs and out in the field. Bob continued his commitment to the community as a volunteer firefighter for DeWitt Fired Department for over 25 years. He was also instrumental in the foundation of TIERS, (Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Services). He was passionate about boating on the St. Lawrence River. He loved to golf, ski, bowl, work in his shop, drive ambulances and fire trucks, a good practical joke and a good game of pinball. He is survived by his loving companion of 26 years, Helene Wallace, his 3 children Heather L. Barnes (Jonathan Read), Leslie M. Hale (Matthew), Robert A. Barnes III (Erica) and his 3 grandchildren Hadley M. Hale, George S. Hale, and Robert A. Barnes IV. He was predeceased by his sister Linda Yenawine. In lieu of flowers, please make donations American Heart Association, Syracuse Chapter (2 S Clinton Square, Ste 305 Syracuse, NY 13202. All family and friends are invited to gather for a reception on Friday, September 23, from 4:00-7:00 at North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, 10 Dwight Park Dr., Syracuse, NY 13209. Please leave Memories and Condolences on syracuse.com/obits
Meet our aDVANCEd EMT'S
July 26, 2022 | Nathan Peters
The Advanced EMT (AEMT) may be a new term to some. An AEMT is a credentialed EMT but they can do a little bit more. They have further training in airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), management of trauma patients, and many more skills within their scope of practice.
These young ladies took time to further their education and they developed much-needed skills for the residents of the Town of Clayton, Town of Orleans and the surroundings areas. With not having a hospital close by these individuals can help manage life-threatening emergencies while they await a higher level of care or by the time they reach the hospital.
Ericka is a full time teacher at General Brown and she is a part time AEMT with TIERS. Ericka has been working in the EMS field for close to ten years. Ericka is a dedicated AEMT she is always looking to better her knowledge. Even though Ericka is busy with a full time job, part time job in EMS and her three young children she still manages to find the time to run ours juniors program.
Claire (right) joined TIERS as an junior and she started to love the healthcare field. She obtained her EMT and decided to go right into AEMT School. Claire started to grow her knowledge while still juggling high school and college classes. She is going to be starting the process in the fall to become a Respiratory Therapist.
Sophia joined TIERS after she already completed her EMT as a member of Sackets Harbor Fire Company. She decided at 17yo to now enroll in the AEMT School as she still juggled high and college classes. Sophia is a dedicated EMT and she will make a wonderful AEMT. She has decided in the fall to start Paramedic School to help better her own community and the surrounding areas.
2022 Charity Poker Run
July 16, 2022 |
What a hugely successful day on the St. Lawrence! TIERS assists in creating the safety plan for the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run, as well as provides EMTs and Paramedics to ride along in the safety boats during the run. Today, were happy to report that our personnel simply went for a boat ride, and nothing more. With over a 100 Charity Poker Run boats in the water, there was not a single incident. A great amount of time and work goes into creating the safety plan and doing our best to keep the participants safe, but we only do half the job. The rest is up to them, and their cooperation made this a safe and enjoyable event for all involved! Thank You!
MEET Our New Paramedic
July 12, 2022 | Nathan Peters
In August of 2021, during the COVID pandemic, Julie Burrows made the decisions enroll in Faxton St. Luke's Paramedic Program. She was truly unsure if she was going to be able to do it. With two young girls at home and a full time job it can be challenging, but her wife Justina, who is also a TIERS paramedic, made sure she was up for the challenge. After 11 long months, plenty of tears, and few "I'm over this. I can just be an EMT forever", she did it. She tested today and became a NYS Certified Paramedic.
I had the opportunity to help in her in her paramedic labs and she did plenty her student ride outs with myself and a few others at Tiers. Make sure you keep your eye out for Julie, she still has much to learn, but will undoubtedly mold herself into a wonderful paramedic. I know she is up to the challenge. Congratulation Paramedic Julie Burrows.
Meet our new emt's
June 15, 2022 |
All three of these ladies have successfully passed their EMT course and you can currently see them on the ambulance. All of them come from completely different backgrounds but they have been able to adapt and overcome all the challenges that the EMT course put in there way.
We all have had the chance to work with each and every one of these ladies and they are extraordinary. Congratulations on your hard work.
Maddi started off as a Junior member with TIERS and she went on to become a EMT. She is a wonderful bundle of joy to work with. She is hard working and dedicated. In the fall she will be entering Paramedic School at Onondaga Community Collage in Syracuse.
Janet "Boo" Wells
Boo started off as a volunteer member looking to see what EMS is all about. She is the caterer for our Friends of TIERS events and she is looking to give back a little more. Boo is a dedicated hard working individual and has successfully passed her EMT class. When she is here, no one is left with an empty stomach.
Mandy (left) joined TIERS after her oldest son convinced her it would be fun. Her oldest son, Jared (right) is an EMT with TIERS and thought his mother would love to be apart of our small but, growing family. She decided after riding along with Paramedic Jones and her son Jared that she would love to be an EMT.
Meet Our New PAramedic
May 17, 2022 | Nathan Peters
On May 8, 2018, this kid went on her first ambulance call as a junior member. At the time, she did not know the difference between a cardiac monitor and an oxygen tank. We have all watched her learn, grow, push herself, succeed, stumble, then dust herself off and push harder. Today, she became a Paramedic. As we watched her walk out of the test center with a smile ear to ear, we all could just tell she passed. It is so cool to watch young kids come into EMS, stick with it, and work their way to the top! We all could not be prouder of you Maddy! Congratulations!
Please be on the lookout for Paramedic Madison Calhoun as her first shift will be Friday May 20, 2022, with Paramedic Peters. She is such a bright young lady, and she still has much to learn to grow as a Paramedic, but we are all so immensely proud of her accomplishments.
Spaghetti Dinner at Foxy's
May 9, 2022 |
Please come out and support us at our Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Foxy's Restaurant in Fishers Landing. In is going to be a good night with some good food. 50/50 raffles all night long with a drawing on Facebook. Please stop by and get some excellent food.
Donation helps continue Watertown firefighter’s legacy of service
March 24, 2022 | WWNYTV
The Peyton S. Morse Legacy Foundation, along with the Northern New York Community Foundation, helped The Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service kick off a fundraising campaign Thursday. The goal is to raise enough money to allow TIERS to purchase a new lift stretcher
A check for $2,500 was donated by the foundation. The Morses hope that by helping to give back to first responders, they are honoring the qualities that made Peyton special to his community.
Please read the full article on WWNYTV website. (LINK)
Training above and Beyond
March 13, 2022 |
We may not be holding an in-house EMT Class this spring, but that doesn't mean that we've stopped learning! Multiple TIERS members are enrolled in some type of EMS Course!
Tracie Mason is a full time Paramedic with TIERS and has been with the organization since 2006. She has helped teach practical skills to countless EMT and Paramedic courses and is currently obtaining her Clinical Lab Instructor certification
Dan Lowe obtained his EMT certifications in 2005 and has spent most of the years since with TIERS. He is attending SUNY Canton and is working towards his Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management. Pictured with Dan is his son, Noah.
Pamela Jones (center) has been with TIERS since 2010 and is our Outreach Coordinator and is an EMT Instructor. She is currently completing her internship to advance her instructor certification to include the Paramedic Level.
Janet "Boo" Wells (right) is our newest member, and was enrolled in the EMT Class at Jeff. County Public Health by her second day. Boo runs her own catering service and catered our "Friends of TIERS" event last summer.
Tim Farrell is enrolled in LEAD 2022, a leadership development program specific to EMS. Tim is a paramedic with 16 years experience in EMS, and serves as TIERS’ Deputy Director Of Operations.
John Angus recently completed the five week EMT academy at Guilfoyle Ambulance Service. He is a new member of TIERS, and also volunteers as a firefighter with Clayton Fire Department.
Bayleigh Templeton came to us in October of last year from sunny California. She is currently back home, and is nearly completed with Paramedic School at the University of Bakersfield. She will be returning to the area following graduation and will be volunteering with TIERS. She is pictured here with her son Brady.
Ericka Farrell has been with TIERS since 2017 as a Basic EMT. She is currently enrolled in the Advanced EMT course at South Jeff. Rescue Squad. Ericka also heads our Junior Program, is a CPR instructor, and a full time teacher.
Julie Burrows is currently enrolled in the Paramedic Program being taught through St. Luke's Healthcare. She has been with TIERS for nearly six years and is employed full time at Fort Drum Ambulance.
Maddi Cupernall is a Junior Member with TIERS and has been with us for almost nine months. She is enrolled in the EMT class that is held at Indian River Ambulance Service. Maddi is a senior at T.I. High School, and plans to pursue a career as a paramedic.
Reuben Pruitt is an Advanced EMT and serves as our Strength Conditioning Coach. He is a Retired US Marine, and is obtaining his EMT Instructor Certification.
Maddy Calhoun (Left) began with TIERS as a Junior member in 2018 and is currently an EMT. She is nearly complete with Paramedic school through SUNY Upstate and will soon be a TIERS Crew Chief.
Claire Ward (right) is a senior at T. I. High School and will soon be completing the Advanced EMT Course at South Jeff. She also began as a junior member with TIERS and is pursuing a career as a Respiratory Therapist.
Mandy Earley became a volunteer with TIERS late last year following a suggestion from her son who is employed with us. She is enrolled in the EMT course held at Indian River Ambulance, and will graduate in June.
Clipper Inn Fundraiser Dinner 2022
ABC50 Hometown Hero
February 10, 2022 | Tim Farrell
Our own Pamela Jones is this months ABC50 Hometown Hero! Thank you Pamela for everything you do, not only for TIERS, but as an Emergency Medical Services Educator and a member of our great community! Congratulations Pam! Well Deserved!
Show and tell
November 4, 2021 |
One of our favorites is to showcase how we help people on their worst days. Life Net came to TIERS to teach our junior members and future EMTs critical life-saving skills. They were taught how to manage major trauma and bleeding control. Additionally, they were taught what happens when a Life Net helicopter is called and the tools used by the crew.
This is another way TIERS is striving to raise the level of care for the 1000 islands region. A special thanks to the Clayton FD for setting up the landing zone to make this possible.
Another life saved
August 8, 2021 | Tim Farrell
After transferring patient care to the flight crew, Paramedic Nathan Peters looks on as LifeNet 7-10 (Watertown Base) lifts off from LaFargeville earlier today transporting a patient to a Syracuse hospital. 🚑 🚁 🚨
A day in the life of our TIERS crews…
📸 Maddy Calhoun
Memorial fund donates to Thousand Island Rescue Service to honor legacy of William P. Plante
July 1, 2021 | ABC50
A special thank you to ABC50 and the WPPMF for the kind words. We work hard every day to maintain the trust and confidence of our beloved community. Again, we are humbled and honored. Please click on the link to read the full article. (Link)
Tiers recieves a Proclamation from the govenour
June 19, 2021
When COVID halted everything last March, TIERS stepped up. With less than 6 hours notice we had a team deployed to Westchester County. They drove through the night, and were there by 8am to assist with the first wave of COVID testing efforts.
6 Year old hero
April 21, 2021 | Tim Farrell
Monday evening, six year old Noah walked in on his Great Grandfather lying on the floor having a life threatening cardiac event. Many of Noah’s family members are EMTs and firefighters locally, and his Mom and Dad are both TIERS members. Therefore, Noah knew exactly what to do. Due to the quick actions of this young hero, the appropriate resources were dispatched, and first responders were soon at Great Grandpa’s side. If not for Noah, the outcome would have most likely been far more serious. A special TIERS shout out to this future first responder!
If your interested in see the full article please click on the link to WWNYTV (Link)
TIERS paramedic and instructor works to ensure EMT class remains in-person
February 9, 2021| Watertown Daily Times
Pamela Jones a NYS Paramedic and EMT instructor in conjunctions with Kyle Williams Flight Paramedic with LifeNet had a lecture at TIERS on Monday night, the topic was airway management. This lecture is critical in-person learning that every EMT student needs. With all the remote learning going on across the county it is difficult for these EMT students to get the required hands on learning experience that is needed for every EMT. The Watertown Daily Times did a wonderful write up on this please follow the link to read more. (Link)
EMT-Basic Class at Tiers
New EMS Providers at tiers
January 13, 2021
A special congratulations goes out to TIERS members Claire Ward and Shawna Bush on their recently acquired NYS Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certifications! These new EMTs will now focus on some in house training with experienced EMTs and Paramedics, and will soon be caring for patients on their own! Congratulations ladies! All of us at TIERS look forward to teaching an mentoring you, and watching you grow into exceptional emergency providers!
January 3, 2021
Here are a few images of our Junior EMTs training along with our EMTs and Paramedics. We are always looking for new personal to join our ranks. Our Juniors program starts off at age 14. Please let us know if your interested.
Lifepak 15 Cardiac Monitor
December 15, 2020
Tiers was the recipient of a $30,000 grant from Empire State Development. This grant would not be possible without the generosity of NYS Senator Patty Ritchie. The grant allowed us to purchase two Physio Control Lifepak 15 Cardiac Monitors. The Physio Control Lifepak 15 is the most advanced cardiac units on the market, capable of 12-lead electrocardiograms, which show Paramedics a much better picture of the heart’s electrical functions in the field. They also measure and record the patient’s blood pressure and pulse, and monitors their oxygen saturation as well, have capnography monitoring capability which lets the Paramedic monitor the oxygen/CO2 transfer of an intubated patient to see developing problems quickly, and can transmit real-time images of all data to the emergency room doctor instantly for more accurate diagnosis and over-the-air orders.
December 11, 2020 | Samaritan Medical Center
Dr. Sarah Delaney-Rowland was recently recognized as an ‘Unsung Hero’ by the New York American College of Emergency Physicians (NYACEP), a group that supports quality emergency medical care and promotes the interest of emergency physicians. Samaritan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mario Victoria, nominated Dr. Delaney-Rowland and penned a letter to show her leadership, regard for excellence, and dedication to patient care. Please read the full letter at: (Link)
Dr. Delaney-Rowland is the North Country EMS Program Agency Director. She is instrumental part of the EMS system in the North Country.
EMT -BAsic Course at tiers
November 25, 2020
TIERS is teaching a NYS EMT original class/Emt Refresher starting in January. The class will be held in Clayton on Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9:30. Please contact Instructor Pamela Jones at 315-686-4333 x470 for more details.
The Character counts award
October 27, 2020 | Inform NNY
Claire Ward donates her time with Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) to help keep North Country Residents Safe! Watch her story here:
We are so proud of the young people who volunteer with our organization!! Nice work Claire Ward!!
A tribute to essential workers: All Clayton essential workers honored as 2020 Citizens of the Year
October 8, 2020 | Inform NNY
We are deeply honored that our essential emergency first responders were recognized alongside others in our community who helped during the beginning of this pandemic. We are impressed by the dedication of our members and are truly thankful for their continued service. Thank you Clayton Chamber of Commerce for this tribute.
Please read the full article (Link)
Clayton EMT helps provide injury resistance for emergency responders
Semptember 3, 2020 | Inform NNY
To combat injury resistance in emergency responders, Thousand Islands Rescue Service has implemented a new strategy through the donations of the Clayton community and motivated team members
Please read the full article (Link)
TIERS lands grant to offer more training
July 28, 2020 | NNY360
TIERS was the recipient of a $3,800.00 grant from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. We will use the funding to purchase an advanced airway trainer simulator, an infant and CPR manikin, and a virtual stethoscope trainer.
Please read the full article (Link)
NNYCF affiliate provides support to TIERS
July 12, 2020 |NNY360
The Cary and Janet Brick Riverside Foundation, an affiliate of the Northern New York Community Foundation, recently provided support to the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service for its ongoing EMT educational program.
Please read the full article (Link)