Westerly Ambulance Corps honors founder, history during annual meeting

Westerly Ambulance Corps honors founder, history during annual meeting

Record-Journal


WESTERLY — Members of The Westerly Ambulance Corps honored their roots on Friday evening as the organization held a ceremony in memory of its founder, Dr. Frank I. Payne, who died in 1927. The ceremony, at Old Hopkinton Cemetery in Ashaway, gave more than two dozen participating members, mostly older and life members, a chance to pay their respects to Payne and any other deceased members as part of the organization’s annual memorial meeting, according to Philip Gingerella, chairman of the corps’ anniversary committee.

“The meeting is usually held at ambulance headquarters, but this year as part of the 100th anniversary, we had the service at Dr. Payne’s grave site,” Gingerella said. “We also unveiled a bronze plaque on Dr. Payne’s gravestone to recognize his service to the corps.”

The ceremony was one of several anniversary events planned in 2017. The main celebration, which is open to the public and will include a parade and an open house at the headquarters, is scheduled for Sept. 23. The corps’ annual banquet at the end of November will close out the celebration.

— Jason Vallee


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