By DAVE McMILLION
WILLIAMSPORT - This year has been a particularly tough one for the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service following news that children of two of its members were diagnosed with serious illnesses.
Thirteen-year-old Sarah Roseberry, daughter of volunteer Teresa Roseberry, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in September. Six-year-old Jacob Wentz, son of medic George Wentz, was diagnosed with leukemia in late October, officials said.
Making matters worse is that Roseberry and Wentz do not have health insurance to cover the expenses.
But the Williamsport ambulance service is battling back, putting together a fund to pay for the costs.
Ruth Bump, the department's administrator, said the effort is important, considering Roseberry's and Wentz's contribution to the community.
"We need to pay these people back. We need to help them," said Bump.
And the department plans to carry its charity further. There are a lot of part-time medics in the county that cannot get health insurance and the department plans to make the Emergency Services Children's Benefit Fund available to any emergency workers who find themselves in the same situation, Bump said.