Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps
I am a lieutenant in the Bed Stuy Volllies. My volunteer work is talking about them, soliciting donations, a dollar at a time.
They are the world's first Black volunteer ambulance association.
Their website is http://www.bsvac.org. You can donate through their site. Every dollar is counted, accounted for, and you will be sent a thank you note by the Vice President, Harvward law graduate and Bed Stuy Vollies EMT graduate, Ms Tamsin Wolfe JD.
You can read what Ms Wolfe has to say in MJoTA, click here.
You can see a picture I took in Haiti when I went with the Bed Stuy Vollies in the month after the earthquake. The picture is on the last page of articles written by the first woman US ambassador to Nigerian, African-American diplomat and academic Dr Robin Renee Sanders, click here.
You can see pictures of Bed Stuy Vollies in an article published in MJoTA on drug regulations in Nigeria, click here.
Councilmember Mathieu Eugene MD, is a New York City Councilmember, the most prominent Haitian politician in New York. His work for Haitians in New York and in Haiti has been unending since the Earthquake. Read about his work for his constituents during 2009, click here.
Bed Stuy Vollies are 24. SJ Dodgson. MJOTA 2012 v6n2 p0712
I take a
lot of pictures, but I love very few of them. The big picture at the very bottom of this page, I
absolutely adore. It is one of the few that has made it to my background
picture, the picture I gaze at when I turn on my computer. I took it
through a mirror, which is why you can see me with a camera in the
background. And that is what my place is at Bed Stuy Vollies, in the
background, quietly bearing witness to a great success story.
the foreground is Commander Rocky Robinson, who started Bed Stuy Vollies
with another New York City emergency medical technician, because they
both worked for the fire department and when calls came from Bed Stuy,
the EMTs were too scared to venture in. Page on Bed Stuy Vollies click here.
man the Commander is talking to is Alond Jean-Pierre, a Haitian lawyer based
in Washington whom I met when I interviewed his brother for his story
of watching the roads turn into waves during the Haitian catastrophic
earthquake. They are a family of engineers, lawyer and builders, and
they are helping rebuild Haiti. God bless them all. I have not yet
published his story, several computer crashes disrupted that, but I
still have the story and plan to publish it on the 3rd anniversary of
the Haitian catastrophic earthquake. For stories and videos on the
earthquake and rebuilding Haiti click here.
Above, Commander Rocky Robinson with son of Haiti New York City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene MD.
Bed Stuy Vollies Celebrate Commander Robinson. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v6n2 p0715
group picture of Bed Stuy Vollies celebrating 24 years of existence and
also the 72nd birthday of Commander Rockey Robinson.
out to Bed Stuy yesterday with Universe Promotions and we both put our
professional cameras to work. EMTs everywhere, first they had a
motorcade and then gathered at the headquarters for award ceremonies,
and honoring the Commander.
Rudy Muhammad, Chief of Staff, said
that the Commander would have been a Nobel Laureate if he had been
white. Not sure that is true, the Nobel Peace Prize committee has
recently favored sons and daughters of Africa click here. However, the prize for Physiology and Medicine: yes, the Commander deserves that.
Because his life has been dedicated to saving lives twice. He saves the
lives of the patients who call for help, and he saves the lives of the EMTs. He says the Bed Stuy Vollies is the place for second
chances, third chances, fourth chances, however many are needed.
Of course, some Vollies come to be trained because it is the logical place for them as soon as they are old enough, Bed Stuy Vollies is a professional organization.
But for all the Vollies and EMTS, he trains them and sends them out to give first
response to anyone who needs it.