It is with deep sorrow that the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps announces the sudden passing of Robert (Bob) Stonehill, their First Lieutenant and Chief Operating Officer, on Monday, August 2nd, 2004. The funeral service took place on Wednesday, August 8th, with the attendance of representatives of many Volunteer Ambulance squads, local elected officials, family and friends. Internment followed at Beth Israel Cemetery, in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Bob is survived by his wife Susan, a past Corps member, and daughter Elizabeth, a current member.
Lieutenant Stonehill was a consummate professional whose eagerness to serve his community guided his successes as the Chief Operating Officer of the Corps. His dedication and foresight were instrumental in enabling FVAC to fulfill its mission of delivering effective, quality and timely pre-hospital medical care to those in need. This also recently included much of the work with New York State that enabled Flatlands to be the first Brooklyn-based Corps to start a full Advanced Life Support (paramedic) program.
Bob was one of the Charter and founding members of the organization. His career at the Corps spanned nearly 30 years. Bob was an Emergency Medical Technician, who served as Crew Chief, Driver, Attendant and as a Dispatcher. In addition to his last position of First Lieutenant, he held numerous elected positions during his tenure, including: Past Captain, member of the Board of Directors, as well as several other officer positions. Robert also served as a representative to the local and state volunteer ambulance councils.
Bob will be sorely missed as a friend to all and for his unyielding devotion to his family, to FVAC, and to his community. Bob also devoted many hours to developing the Corps’ website, keeping it informative and up-to-date.
The ‘Bob Stonehill Memorial Fund’ is being established by the Corps for the purpose of supporting those projects that help the community and the Corps that were important to Bob. Any donations can be sent to the Fund, in care of the Corps at 4623 Avenue N, Brooklyn, New York 11234.