Passavant Area Hospital paramedics are driving a new emergency response vehicle thanks to a donation from the Passavant Auxiliary.

The new vehicle, a red 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, was purchased for the Passavant paramedics with proceeds from last year’s Auxiliary Bazaar and future proceeds from the Bazaar in 2014 and 2015. In addition to the vehicle, the gift also includes the purchase of vehicle accessories, such as warning lights and siren. Cost of the fully-equipped vehicle is approximately $95,000.

Passavant’s paramedic program serves a five county area and is based in the Emergency Department at Passavant.

Photo: Left to right, Chester Wynn, President & CEO; Jeanne Gates, Auxiliary Vice President; Jan Fellhauer, Director of Volunteers and Lifeline; and paramedics Derek Huseman, Marie Carmean, and Christopher Kesler.