June 16, 2014

(STAUNTON, Va.) The Central Shenandoah Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. recognized the continuous commitment and dedication shown by its EMS personnel at the Regional Awards ceremony held June 11, 2014, at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.

“The Central Shenandoah EMS Council’s Regional EMS Awards program provides local EMS personnel the opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of their fellow emergency medical responders,” said Chad Blosser, executive director of the Central Shenandoah EMS Council. “Each year, there are EMS providers and system participants who stand out for their extraordinary accomplishments.”

Recipients of this year’s regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2014 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony, November 8 in Norfolk. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.

“It’s an honor to celebrate the high level of excellence demonstrated by those within the Virginia EMS System. Their dedication and commitment to serve at a moment’s notice, often times putting their own lives on the line, is greatly valued and worthy of recognition,” said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Office of EMS.

The 2014 Central Shenandoah EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

  • Excellence in EMS – Matt Lawler, Central Shenandoah EMS Council and Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding EMS Administrator – Buford “Scott” Masincup, Augusta Health Transportation Services
  • Outstanding EMS Agency – Hot Springs Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety – Dr. Lennis Echterling, Central Shenandoah EMS Council CISM Team and James Madison University
  • Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Paula Neher, Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Raj Pillai, MD, Augusta Health
  • Outstanding Prehospital Educator – Elizabeth “Bunny” Hearn, Augusta County Fire & Rescue
  • Outstanding Prehospital Provider- Rod Pierce, Augusta County Fire & Rescue
  • Outstanding EMS Telecommunications Dispatcher – Kevin Lacey, Augusta County Emergency Communications Center
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship)Danielle McCormick, Waynesboro First Aid Crew

Local Awards:

  • Senior Rescue Squad Member of the Year – Wilson Wimer, Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Company
  • Kevin Sperka Memorial Award ($500) – Blake Rogers, Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Company