August 22, 2014

(BRISTOL, Va.) The Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services (SWVEMS) Council, Inc. awarded its annual regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) awards Aug. 15, 2014, honoring the exceptional service of its local EMS personnel.

“This year’s recipients of the Southwest Virginia Regional EMS Awards have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to improving EMS in our region. We are honored to recognize them for their accomplishments,” said Greg Woods, executive director of the Southwest Virginia EMS Council.

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, Nov. 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 Southwest Virginia EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

  • Excellence in EMS – Lonny Gay, Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding EMS Administrator – Ronald Passmore, Galax-Grayson EMS
  • Outstanding EMS Agency – Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Nurse with Outstanding Contributions to EMS –  Kimberly Nash, Wellmont One
  • Outstanding Prehospital Educator – William Akers, Jr., Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program, Lebanon Lifesaving Crew
  • Outstanding Prehospital Provider – Cody Jackson, Lebanon Lifesaving Crew, Lead Mines Rescue, Wings Air Rescue
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior – Jenna Haynes, Town of Chilhowie Fire Department, Chilhowie High School