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Darien EMS Post 53 Names Nancy Herling As New Director

Nancy Herling and outgoing Darien EMS-Post 53 Director Ron Hammer.
Nancy Herling and outgoing Darien EMS-Post 53 Director Ron Hammer. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – Nancy Herling has been named the new director of Darien EMS-Post 53, the eighth person to serve as director in Post's 46-year history.

As director, Herling is responsible for the operations of the ambulance service, including personnel, training, fundraising, operations and community outreach. Herling is the first director who also served as a member of Post as a student. She is also the parent of a former Postie.

She replaces Ron Hammer, who is retiring from the role after six years.

"We are so pleased that Nancy has agreed to take on this role as director of Post 53. She brings many years of valuable experience with Post to the job – understanding all aspects the organizations and its role in the community,” said Mike Murray, the Post's board chairman. "As Post 53 continues to evolve, we are confident that Nancy will be a strong leader and liaison with the community.”

“We are so grateful to Ron for his tremendous commitment and leadership of Post over the last 6 years,” continued Murray. “He has been a steadfast supporter of the highest standards and a true leader and mentor for all Post 53 members.”

Herling, a lifelong resident of Darien, served as a member of Post from 1973 to 1977. She joined Post 53 again in 2007, and is now a certified AEMT and an EMS instructor and CPR instructor. She has served as advisor to programs and assistant director in those eight years.

In addition to her work at Post, Herling has led several school PTOs in town, is a former director of the Senior Center, former president of A Better Chance and At Home in Darien, an Elder at Noroton Presbyterian Church and has served on the Human Services Commission for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Mike, have three sons.

Founded in 1970, Post 53 provides emergency medical services to the Darien community at the highest level of excellence, using Darien High School students and adult volunteers. Post 53 is recognized locally and nationally as one of the finest emergency ambulance services in the U.S.

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