Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, November 05, 2010

Tristate Medical Reserve Corps interview with Bill Graff

Following is an interview Norwood resident Bill Graff did with Tristate Medical Reserve Corps shortly before he passed away in September. Bill and his wife Vivian were long time volunteers for TMRC. The interview is featured in the October TMRC newsletter. We want to thank Norwood Health Commissioner Pamela Walker-Bauer for sending it to us.

Tell us about yourself.

We are married with 3 grown children. We retired from the auto industry after 30 years. We moved to Norwood, OH in 2001 and restored a 100 year old Queen Ann Victorian House.

How long have you been involved in the TMRC?
3 years.

What advice would you give other TMRC volunteers?
Stay in involved and take some extra courses to stay up to date and informed. We don't have a medical background, but we do have a background in support and leadership roles that aid in making whole systems work smoothly.

Has being in the TMRC changed your perception of public health and your role in your community?
We have made many friends and enjoyed being able to serve as needed. Public health is like an invisible force, and many people never have any interaction with it in their life. But it's there working and ready to spring in action as needed. We are very fortunate to have the Norwood Health Department. We have volunteered as often as they need us and enjoyed the opportunity.