New York Emergency Responder Dies On The Job

An ambulance driver on the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Service suffered a fatal heart attack while transporting a patient Saturday.

The service responded to a medical call at 7:15 p.m. in the town of Schodack. The patient was treated and was being transported to the hospital when the driver, Jerald Stalker, became ill. Members of the volunteer ambulance service said Stalker's last act was to save them, and the patient from a bad collision. They said Stalker managed to pull the hand break as the ambulance veered off the road into some trees, narrowly preventing a nasty crash.

The crew treating the patient began treating the Stalker as well, and a second ambulance was requested on the scene. The original patient and Stalker were taken to different hospitals in separate ambulances.

Stalker, 62, of Castleton, leaves behind a wife, two children, and four grandchildren.

A visitation is being held at the Ray Funeral Home, 59 Seaman Ave., Castleton, N.Y. today at 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Rd., Castleton, NY 12033.

A memorial has been set up and donations can be made to the Castleton Ambulance, 1700 Brookview Rd., Castleton, NY 12033 or St. Paul's United Methodist Church at the above address, in memory of Gerald C. Stalker.