Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund

Our friend Rich Peterson was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He spent that part of his time helping people in distress and saving lives. We lost Rich after his valiant battle with cancer. His contributions to our community were many and he touched so many lives. 

The Galena Territory Foundation and the Peterson family established the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund to provide financial assistance to people wish to pursue certification as Emergency Medical Services personnel or advance their EMT level.

Scales Mound Fire Protection District and the Galena Area Emergency Medical Services District EMT personnel are the first “layer” of response for the citizens in their districts. They are often the first emergency personnel who walk through your door and arrive on the emergency scene. 

Galena Area EMS is the transport and treatment side of the equation. They arrive with the ambulance, render additional emergency treatment and transport to the hospital.

To encourage certification in EMT training and to help cover the costs, we have established this fund to assist individuals in the Scales Mound Fire Protection District and the Galena Area Emergency Medical Services District in pursuit of higher levels of education toward certification as EMT personnel in these Districts. 

EMS is an Emergency Medical Responder, trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), life support and trauma treatment skills.
EMT-B is a Basic EMT, trained in the same way as an Emergency Medical Responder, with additional training in advanced cardiac monitoring skills and an increased awareness of medical and trauma emergencies.
EMT-P is a Paramedic with all of the previously mentioned skills plus enhanced training in pharmacology and other advanced skills.

Our mission is to encourage others like Richard Peterson to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The success of our EMS District community depends on increasing participation in EMS education toward certification in the Emergency Medical Responder, EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic levels.

We encourage each applicant to remain committed to and involved in the community. The future of our community is based on the participation we can all offer. We wish you well in your future involvement in our community.

Our mission is to encourage others like Richard Peterson to serve as EMTs.

The success of our EMS District community depends on increasing participation in EMS education toward Certification in the First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic levels. Our mission is to encourage others like Richard Peterson to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

We encourage each applicant to remain committed to and involved in the community. The future of our community is based on the participation we can all offer. We wish you well in your future involvement in our community.

If you have ever thought about becoming a Emergency Medical Responder or Emergency Medical Technician, please call the EMS coordinator 815-777-3575 (Galena Ambulance) or Ron Data 815-747-3943 (Menominee-Dunleith EMS) to learn when and where training sessions will be scheduled and how to get started.

To be considered for financial assistance from the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund, the applicant must
1. Be 18 years of age or older and serve in / commit to serve in either the Scales Mound Fire Protection District or Galena Area Emergency Medical Services District service area;
2. Complete an EMT Agreement Education Funding Request Application form. 
3. Have the Agreement/Application reviewed, approved and signed by on of the following:
Carl Winter, Chief
Scales Mound Fire Protection District
130 Franklin Street
Scales Mound, IL 61075
815-297-3669
OR  EMS Coordinator
Galena Area EMS District
217 Summit Street
Galena, IL 61036 
815-777-3575
OR 
 Ron Data
Menominee-Dunleith EMS
201 Thomas Avenue
East Dubuque, IL 61025
815-747-3943

Be a person who makes a difference!
 For more information about the Richard Peterson EMT Scholarship program, contact:

Pete Stryker 815-777-4123 E-mail
Fran Peterson 815-777-1484 E-mail
Claire Bersbach 815-777-9146 E-mail
  John Raaz 815-243-8936 E-Mail
Lisa Binder 630-248-8510 E-Mail
  Carl Winter 815-297-3669
Ron Data  815-747-3943 

Thank you to each applicant!
If becoming an EMT is not your vision, you can still contribute by making a donation to The Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund. Your financial assistance helps cover the expenses of EMT education and training for our responders. Please make your check  payable to GTF, Inc. (The Galena Territory Foundation, Inc.) On the memo line, please write: EMT Fund. Mail to: The Galena Territory, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena, IL 61036. Thank you for your generous support! Your contribution is tax deductible.

Oversight of the EMT Endowment Fund is provided by The Galena Territory Foundation, Inc., 501(c)(3) a not‒for‒profit charitable organization that provides education‒based and fundraising activities for the benefit of the local community.