May 29, 2014

(Charlottesville, Va.) The Thomas Jefferson Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc., paid tribute to the men and women of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and awarded those nominated for their devoted service at the council’s regional awards ceremony held May 14, 2014, at Nelson Rescue Station #1.

“It is a great privilege to award and recognize the EMS personnel within the Thomas Jefferson region. The regional awards program allows us the opportunity to formally acknowledge their remarkable level of dedication and commitment to serving the entire community,” said Stephen Rea, executive director of the Thomas Jefferson 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, 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 Thomas Jefferson EMS Council Award Recipients:

  • Outstanding EMS Agency – Madison County Department of EMS
  • Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator – Mike Riddle, Wintergreen Fire and EMS
  • Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Dr. Scott Just, Operational Medical Director for Nelson County EMS agencies, affiliated with Wintergreen Fire and EMS, Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fluvanna Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider – Elizabeth Rinaca, Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship) – James T. Miles, Nelson County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Nelson County High School