John Gallagher stands in front of a wall of photos of emergency medical service workers and volunteers at Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service in Damariscotta. After half a century with the service, Gallagher will retire in early 2022. (Emily Hayes photo)

After 50 Years of Service, John Gallagher ’68 Leaving CLC Ambulance ‘In Good Hands’

by Emily Hayes for The Lincoln County News

At 72, John Gallagher is not one to give up easily, either in his professional or personal life. He’s been an emergency medical technician for Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service for 50 years, and he started “going together” with his late wife Mary Gallagher ’69 when they were in kindergarten up until she died of brain cancer in 2007.

During his 50 years at CLC Ambulance, Gallagher has seen the ambulance service through some big changes over 50 years. He remembers when the local hearse, nicknamed the Grey Ghost, also served as the town’s ambulance, and when CLC Ambulance acquired two-way radio communication.

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Originally published January 3, 2022 in The Lincoln County News. Click on the link above to read the full article.