Town of Emmitsburg
300A S. Seton Ave Emmitsburg, Maryland

January 2004

A job well done

A little over a year ago, the Emmitsburg Ambulance Company introduced a new youth activity for local teens. Several kids have enjoyed the teen dance provided by the Ambulance Company one Saturday night each month. Starting at 7:00 PM, parents can drop kids off were they can enjoy an evening of dancing and hanging out with friends. Once the teens arrive at the dance, they are not permitted to leave unless a parent or guardian accompanies them. The "lock door" policy is in place to insure parents that the teens will remain at the dance in a safe environment.

The Ambulance Company showed its dedication to the teens and the community when in the early months the attendance was very low. Even after many dances were attended with less than a dozen teens, the Ambulance Company continued to promote the dance. With low attendance, it would have been very easy for the Ambulance Company to justify discontinuing the dances. However, rather than throwing their hands in the air and justify why not continue with the dances, they became more determined to make the dance a success for the community.

In the more recent months, the dance has had more than 60 teens in attendance. I applaud the Ambulance Company for their effort and dedication to continue through the hard times to make a successful youth activity. If you are interesting in more information about the teen dances, contact the Emmitsburg Ambulance Company at 301-447-2626. I am sure they would be glad to talk to you about their success.

The Town's resident deputies also started a youth activity this past summer. Deputy James Moxely requested approval from the Town to provide a community Rocket Club. Deputy's James Moxely and Kevin Eyler instruct kids on how to make rockets. Since the kids are building rockets that contain a very low-grade explosive material (needed to shoot the rocket), each child receives a brief safety course before building his or her rocket. While providing instructions and assistance, the deputies continue to teach safety awareness at every club meeting and rocket shoot. The first rocket shoot was held this past July were kids got to shoot their rockets in Community Park. A second shoot is planned to take place in December. Another way the Emmitsburg Ambulance Company is helping the community, they offered the Rocket Club the use of the Ambulance building as a meeting place. The Rocket Club meets there on most Thursday nights. If you would like more information on the Emmitsburg Rocket Club, contact Cathy at the Town office at 301-447-2313 or talk to Deputy James Moxely or Kevin Eyler.

On behalf of the Town of Emmitsburg, I want to thank the Emmitsburg Ambulance Company and our resident deputies, James Moxely and Kevin Elyer for the community service that they are providing to the youth in our community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the town office, or e-mail me at

Jim Hoover

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