Ted Gossard's enduring legacy is the work that Community Rescue Service personnel do daily to provide medical care to the sick and the injured in Washington County, according to those who knew him.
For nearly 33 years, he strove to be the best and to impart his skills and knowledge to the next generation of emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Gossard, 49, lost his struggle with kidney disease Sunday night, dying at his Dartmouth Drive home.
"He was one of the cornerstones of CRS," said longtime friend and CRS co-worker, Donna Carey. Now an emergency medical services administrative specialist at Washington County Hospital, Carey worked with Gossard at CRS for many years.
"Ted was one of the first advanced life support instructors in this area," Carey said.
In that capacity, Gossard shared his talents and techniques with hundreds of up and coming EMTs over the years.
Carey also remembered Gossard's work as a member and coach of several winning CRS teams at state, national and international rescue and emergency care competitions.