Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Fall 2017 – “They’re My Heroes”

David&Phyllis_CROPPEDSt. Patrick’s Day is a day the Marshall family will never forget.

Virginia Beach resident Phyllis Marshall, 74, was enjoying a typical Friday evening at home; she’d just finished watching a movie with her husband, Robert and son, Ritchie.

“I went to the kitchen and put two dishes in the dishwasher,” she recalls. “And that’s the last thing I remember.”

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By |October 11th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Fall 2017 – EMS Volunteers Thank Sentara

SentaraPresentationThere is a daily association between the volunteer rescue squads of Virginia Beach and the hospitals in the city operated by Sentara Healthcare.

Ambulances run by the ten squads bring their sick or injured persons to Sentara Virginia Beach General and Sentara Princess Anne Hospitals and Sentara Leigh Hospital just across the city line in Norfolk, communicating their patients’ conditions as they whiz down city streets on the way to the ERs. So not surprisingly, when the volunteers reached out to Sentara to support the largest EMS appreciation event ever, Rock the Squads on May 7 at Mount Trashmore, the company stepped up with a significant donation.

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By |October 11th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Fall 2017 – EMT Graduations

EMTGrad21Congratulations to the following graduates of BLS Academies #20 and #21 who were recognized in ceremonies at the training center on July 24 and September 26, 2017.

EMT Academy #20

Joseph Albert
Eric Babcock, Jr.
Juliette Beristain
Brandon Bogan

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By |October 11th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Fall 2017 – Moving On Up!

Congratulations! Between the dates of July 7 and September 28, 2017, the individuals below advanced to the following EMT Certification levels:

Senior

Hordeski, Brenda

Wilks, Sr., Gary

Life

Cwynar, Rita

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By |October 11th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Summer 2017 – Rock the Squads Recap

GroupShot_Aerial1On May 7, 2017, hundreds of EMS volunteers and their families gathered at Mount Trashmore for Rock the Squads!, a first-time event honoring their dedication to serving the City of Virginia Beach. Beach Bully catered lunch, and the volunteers gathered on the hill in bright yellow t-shirts for an iconic group photo while Mayor Will Sessoms provided words of appreciation. The event then opened to the public with food trucks, demonstrations by ambulance and special ops vehicles and performances by School of Rock Virginia Beach and The Deloreans 80s Band. A fun time was had by all. A special thanks goes to the major event sponsors, including Virginia Beach EMS, The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, the Eddie S. and Sandra H. Garcia Charitable Foundation, Sentara Healthcare and many others.

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By |July 13th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Summer 2017 – An EMS Volunteer Says Farewell

ArmandRubboDear Brother and Sister Members,

I started in this business in 1967 with a department outside Philadelphia. Big reason was, when the fire siren outside the high school went off, junior firemen could leave school. There was no EMS, but the fire department had a Cadillac ambulance with a big shiny Q2 siren on the roof, and we rode on the tailboard of the fire trucks. Two years there got me a paying job with the Philadelphia Fire Department for six months before I joined the Navy.

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By |July 13th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Summer 2017 – VBEMS Award

VBEMSAwardBy Christi Budy

On May 19, Virginia Beach EMS received the American Heart Association 2017 Mission: Lifeline GOLD EMS Recognition Award at the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) state meeting in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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By |July 13th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Summer 2017 – 2017 EMS Awards

2017EMSAwardsCongratulations to the following individuals who were recognized at the 2017 EMS Awards in May:

Outstanding “Specialist/Support” Member of the Year: Tonya Baker

Certificates of Commendation: Travis Smith, Jack Kirschner

BLS Patient Care Provider of the Year: Amanda Stuffel

ALS Patient Care Provider of the Year: Christie Cifelli

Medal of Merit: Cathileen Watson

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By |July 13th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Summer 2017 – EMT Graduation #19

EMTGradsCongratulations to the following graduates of BLS Academy #19, who were recognized in a ceremony at the training center on June 8, 2017.

Sergio Adams

Caitlyn Allen

Emily Baynes

Rachel Berman

Rachel Bohs

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By |July 13th, 2017|Rescue Lines

Rescue Lines – Summer 2017 – Foundation’s Grant Deadline

The deadline to apply for a 2018 Foundation Grant is Oct. 2, 2017. The program, which financially assists the City’s volunteer rescue squad entities with operational improvements, distributed more than $100,000 in grant funds last year to five entities. To learn more and apply, click on “Grants & Scholarships” above.

By |July 13th, 2017|Rescue Lines