He had faith in the young man and the loan was paid, but the young man,
"I made the loan," Cahaly said. "Twenty-five thousand was a big loan in 1976."
Cahaly's boss flipped out, and said countless ambulance ventures have gone belly up, but Cahaly stuck to his intuition.
It turned out to be the smartest loan of Cahaly's long banking career, he said, because Shore grew that single ambulance into Medshore, which now is the largest ambulance service in
Shore was honored Thursday as the 10th Communitarian by the
Shore became the first paramedic, a step higher than an emergency medical technician, in
Growing up the son of a prominent
He was the first man to bring computer-aided emergency dispatch to the county. He began a two-track career in 1989 when he became a deputy coroner and has been re-elected as
He has been a reliable supporter of charities and good causes for decades, said
She recently worked with him and his ambulance service to get 211, a nonemergency phone number that is a clearinghouse for available services. The phone lines are run out of Medshore offices.
"If I could do it again, I'd have asked him earlier," Burdette said. "He did all he could and we have it working. He's such a generous guy."
A previous Communitarian, Dr.
While she was leading the regional health department, Campbell and Shore paired on a program to reduce infant mortality rates, getting hospitals to instruct new parents about keeping babies on their backs and keeping blankets or stuffed animals out of cribs.
"We said we could do something," Campbell said. "We did and our infant mortality went down because of what we were able to do."
"Through thick and thin," Merritt said, "I can count on a friend like that, I have others, but none like Greg. He is honorable and trusting. A true friend."
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