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A lifetime of service

After half-century volunteering with EMS and fire, Colonie resident stepping off call

— While working with the EMS, he said many times he had to perform CPR on people “almost knowing they were probably dead.” As a paramedic he isn’t legally allowed to pronounce someone dead.

“You just try to do your best to bring them back,” he said. “The hardest part is if a family comes up and says, ‘How is she/he doing?’ (I say) ‘We’re trying to do our best.’ You’re not going to say he/she’s deceased or passed away. It’s not good.”

Teator stopped working with the Colonie EMS several years ago when his wife became ill with Alzheimer’s. She died in 2012 after 48 years of marriage.

Although Teator said he’ll miss volunteering, he doesn’t plan to be hanging around his home and relaxing.

“I’m not one to sit around and watch TV, sit out in the backyard. I don’t go to the casinos or racetrack,” he said.

For the past few years, Teator has worked with the Umbrella of Colonie, a service of Colonie Senior Service Centers, where he works to help other seniors around their homes to do repairs and maintenance. Teator said he’d continue work with Umbrella and try to work on his own house.

As for the remainder of his time, Teator said he’d be visiting his eight grandchildren in other states and focusing on improving his score at the lanes with the local bowling league.

“It’s a night out with the fellas and girls,” he said. “I just always keep doing something.”

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McLen 1 year, 6 months ago

Bill actually isn't a volunteer at WTRS, he is a regular employee. Also, Western Turnpike is in the Town of Guilderland, not Colonie. Bill was an EMT in Colonie for a very, very long time. He has also been at Western Turnpike for about 11 years. The community will miss him a lot.

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