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County grant for ambulance in Lawrence

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The Village of Lawrence bought a new ambulance using a $300,000 Nassau County grant that will be primarily used by Hatzalah of the Rockaways and Nassau County, the volunteer emergency medical corps based in Far Rockaway with a garage on Broadway in Woodmere.

Republican County Legislators Denise Ford and Howard Kopel, who both represent the Five Towns, were responsible for obtaining the money. Hatzalah consists of more than 150 emergency medical technicians, paramedics and doctors, and claim a response time of roughly two minutes, according to information on the organization’s website.

“I’m proud to have assisted the village in seeing this dream of a new ambulance for Hatzalah’s use to aid our area become a reality,” Kopel said in a news release. “[The] safety of our residents is always our first priority as legislators, and I am glad to continue providing the resources our first responders need to keep them safe,” Ford added in the same release.