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Empress Ambulance Services Among County's 'Outstanding Family Businesses'

Mike Minerva, president of Empress Ambulance Services in Yonkers, surrounded by his family as he accepts an award as one of Westchester's most outstanding family-owned businesses.
Mike Minerva, president of Empress Ambulance Services in Yonkers, surrounded by his family as he accepts an award as one of Westchester's most outstanding family-owned businesses. Photo Credit: Contributed/Ethan Gresko

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Empress Ambulance Services Inc., based in Yonkers, was recognized as of one of Westchester County’s most outstanding family-owned businesses at an awards ceremony in White Plains.

The award was accepted by Mike Minerva, president of the company, which was founded by his parents in 1976.

Empress Ambulance was one of 26 businesses in Westchester County and Fairfield County, Conn. honored by Westfair Communications Inc., publisher of the Westchester County Business Journal, Fairfield County Business Journal and WAG magazine. This is the fourth year Westfair has given the awards.

Empress Ambulance provides 911 emergency medical service to Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Pelham and EMS support to Mohegan, Hawthorne and Peekskill. It also provides advanced life support services to the Town of Yorktown.

Minerva told the awards ceremony audience that his parents “instilled a real sense of hard work and passion” which “has led to a second generation company that works a lot harder so [we] were prepared for the success of the future.”

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Doug Wade, fourth generation owner of Wade Dairy in Bridgeport, Conn., which was founded in 1893. He noted he started in his family’s business at age eight and attributed the company’s longevity to his family’s dedication.

The awards were decided by local judges, all with backgrounds in business and economics: Anthony Davidson, dean of Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Marcia O’Kane, president and CEO of Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, Pete Gioia, vice president and economist with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and Andi Gray, President and founder of Strategy Leaders Inc., business consulting firm.

Ethan Gresko is a member of the Purchase College Community Reporting Team.

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