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Quilt to be raffled to benefit ambulance

Woman donates handiwork to say thanks to emergency workers who came to her aid

  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Shirley Kowalski of Jaffrey donated a handmade quilt to the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance after they came to her aid last winter when she fell ill. The quilt will be raffled off, with tickets sold at Riverfest this weekend.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

RINDGE — Shirley Kowalski had driven the short drive from her home in Jaffrey to her place of employment at Market Basket in Rindge for years without any mishap. But that was until this past winter, Kowalski said Thursday, vividly recalling the day she couldn’t catch her breath and thought she was having a heart attack.

“I was so scared,” Kowalski said, noting that somehow she managed to park her car and walk into the grocery store where co-worker and EMT Bernie Jones of Jaffrey immediately came to her aid. “Bernie sat with me and held my hand. I didn’t know what was happening.”

Jones, who has served Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance as an EMT for more than four years, said she called 911 and tried to calm Kowalski, while they waited for emergency personnel to arrive. Rindge Rescue and Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance responded within minutes, Jones said, and transported Kowalski to Monadnock Community Hospital for evaluation.

“It turned out to be anxiety,” Kowalski said. “I hadn’t had a heart attack, but I will say I’ve never felt so sick.”

The emergency care that Kowalski received that day is something she will never forget, she said. And for that reason, Kowalski said she wanted to show Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance and Jones her gratitude by making a quilt that the nonprofit organization could raffle off, and then use the money to help pay for new equipment and/or future services.

“I don’t think people in our towns realize how fortunate they are to have these volunteers,” Kowalski said. “I’ve been making quilts for a long time and it seemed like the perfect thing to give.”

This Saturday at Jaffrey’s 12th Annual Riverfest downtown, Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance will be selling raffle tickets for $5 per ticket for the chance to win the twin-sized quilt, which Kowalski said is valued at about $300. Tickets will be sold through mid-October.

This year’s Riverfest will close a block of Main Street from School Street to River Street for the entire festival, which begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Children’s activities will be held on the lawn of the Jaffrey Civic Center and not at the community park on Blake Street as in previous years.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com.

She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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