BORON – In spite of the weather, several members of the Boron community came out for a fundraising barbecue at the Boron Seniors Center on the afternoon of May 23. The fundraiser took place at the center which is located at 27177 Twenty Mule Team Road and ran from 12 to 1 p.m.
Mark Corum, who is the media director for Hall Ambulance in Bakersfield said, “This is the 11th year Hall Ambulance crews in Boron have held the event. Last year, the project received statewide recognition when Hall Paramedic Ken Sexton and EMT Donnie Self received Community Service Award medals at the California EMS Awards in San Francisco. Certificates of Commendation were also presented to EMT Manuel Martinez, Paramedic field Supervisors Steve Prater, Mike Zapiain, Scott Morgan and Relief Supervisor James Metzger” Corum said. After the presentation, Sexton said, “We started the barbecue for the seniors to give back to them; they’re in their golden years and deserve to be respected”. The annual event continues in the tradition of serving the communities in which Hall Ambulance provides for in Kern County that was started by owner and founder of Hall Ambulance Harvey Hall. Hall passed away in 2018 and the 10th annual event was held in his honor and memory.
The fundraiser started out with the Boron Seniors Center inviting the ambulance crews to enjoy lunch during their weekly luncheon and in appreciation for the meal, the ambulance crews started providing free blood pressure screening at the center. It was the brainstorm of Sexton and Self that started the annual barbecue in which ambulance crews assigned to Boron would host the fundraiser. The crews plan the event, prepare and help serve the meal and cover the cost of the meal through employee donations.