Longtime employee Betty Naylor officially retires

Bob Mateff, Betty Naylor, Larry Wiersch

September 26, 2019 | Category: News

Do you have that one employee where you work who seems to be the jack-of-all trades? The one who drops what they are doing to help … no matter what. The one that is never late. The one that has never taken a sick day … in 22 years! Yup, that’s exactly how we’d classify Betty Naylor at Cetronia Ambulance Corps and we are very saddened to say that her last day with us is Friday, September 27, 2019. Betty is officially retiring and we couldn’t be happier for her, but we sure are going to miss her.

Prior to her career with us, Betty worked for the US Postal Service for 10 years. She worked under the Director of Operations and the Director of Finance. Betty joined our organization as a temp in May 1997 and was located at our old 3939 Broadway Station. She was the Operations Secretary/Payroll Processor when she initially started. She joked that it was the reason she acquired the nickname “Captain K,” because she was the controller of the Kronos payroll program at the time.

Betty ends her career as one of our Administrative Assistants. She handles so many different things including our subscriptions, bank deposits, incoming and outgoing mail (and there’s lots of it!), oxygen and linen orders, apparel for the crews, ordering of food for internal events and making sure it all gets set up, new hires book preparation, and the list goes on and on and on.

While Betty never was an EMT or Medic of any sort, she did have her fair share of rides and even drove the “Sups” truck! She recalls being told to follow an ambulance up to the Poconos for an event and on the way there they came upon an accident. As all ambulance drivers know, they have to stop and help no matter what, and even though Betty got a little nervous at the thought of having to assist she went into full emergency mode and did what was natural to her and helped direct traffic while the injured were being attended to by our crew members.

Betty has seen so many things in her time with Cetronia that she could write a book. “I am going to miss this place tremendously. This is my home away from home. While I am excited to be spending more time doing my projects around the house and doing things with my husband, I also feel like I am leaving my kids. I have always been treated like a mom around here. People have shared so many struggles with me and came to me for advice all the time. They will all truly be missed,” said Betty.

Some of her favorite memories are watching “her kids” grow up from teens going through our TAP (Teen Associates Program) course and then moving on to become EMTs and then going to the next step and becoming Paramedics. She also enjoyed the early morning breakfasts which she helped prepare and the interaction with the associates. Betty describes them as a lot of fun and fellowship and of course the clean up afterward was always a treat, but she always kept a smile.

Betty won our Above & Beyond employee award in the third quarter of 2017. Her spirit will always live on here. Betty has been “locked up” with me for MDA events, celebrated our birthdays together over lunch meetings, gave me support whenever needed, kept me informed of things that helped our organization grow and kept a watchful eye so as to maintain our stellar reputation as the best in class ambulance service we have been since 1955. She is one of the most caring, trustworthy and compassionate individuals I have ever known and she is in fact like family. She has a heart of gold that will do anything when asked and will be truly missed by all within Cetronia. I wish nothing but the best for her and have already agreed to keep her on the rolls as a per diem employee which she requested to be once she retires,” said Larry Wiersch, CEO of Cetronia Ambulance Corps.

Betty resides in Bethlehem with her husband. She has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Betty is a Liberty High School graduate. She says she has plenty to keep her busy during retirement. She loves to bowl and play bingo and is a member of her church’s choir where she sings Soprano, but can also be an Alto with the men! Every once in a while she likes to try her Lady Luck at the casino, but her biggest win to date has only been $1,200 and rarely goes, so maybe you need to keep on working, Betty?!? You may also find Betty keeping busy playing in a Pinnacle Club that she recently joined.

Betty’s motto for all of us in this world, “Life goes on. We are all replaceable.”

Best wishes to Betty on her well-deserved retirement. You will be missed beyond what words can describe. Two days gone … Betty who? Just kidding!