Carthage hospital, rescue squad meet

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Updated: Jun. 12, 2019 at 4:14 PM EDT
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CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Carthage Area Hospital may come to the rescue of the community’s rescue squad.

Carthage police are investigating the apparent embezzlement of $100,000 or more from the Carthage Area Rescue Squad. Squad president Michele Burr, and chief and treasurer Mathew Christman have been suspended from their leadership positions, according to Kathy Barboza, who is acting president.

Barboza told 7 News Wednesday that the meeting with hospital officials lasted about an hour.

They discussed the hospital taking over management of the squad “if it came to that point,” she said.

“They (the hospital) don’t want to see the ambulance squad fold up,” Barboza said. “They’re willing to help us out any way they can.”

However, Barboza said, the squad is not at the point yet where it must have the help. “Financially, we’re doing pretty good,” she said. The squad membership is concentrating on “going forward and making sure none of this stuff ever happens again.”

The squad plans to “keep serving the community. That’s what we’re here for.”

A spokeswoman for the hospital said the hospital is evaluating what it can best do to help.

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