Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
When news of the cesspool collapse hit the special airwaves, Gavin Ryan, a 17-year old senior at Roslyn High School was sitting in class, observing his lessons. But Gavin isn’t your average high school student. He is also the youngest Class A member of Roslyn Rescue. Gavin, too, heard the 911 call. And so off he went, away from the classroom and to the scene of the accident.
Gavin was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the collapse in East Hills. The 911 call was classified as “Heavy Rescue,” meaning that all available hands would be needed at the accident.
Gavin was at the scene for seven hours, digging, moving trench boards (created on the spot to fortify the collapsing walls of the cesspool), and hauling dirt from the side of the wall to help relieve the weight burden. The work was exhausting, and the rescue workers appreciated the help of the American Red Cross, whose personnel was on site with fluids and snacks to keep the rescuers going.
Gavin began volunteering at Roslyn Rescue in May 2009, as part of a way to earn community service credits required for graduation. Since then, he has put in countless hours at the fire station. He became a full Class A member of the company in August.
Gavin is also working on getting his EMT-B certification at night, in addition to going to school full time during the day and working part time at Sundown Ski and Snowboard shop in Greenvale. He plans to attend college in the fall.