June 16, 2015

(STAUNTON, Va.) – The Central Shenandoah Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. celebrated its EMS personnel and the dedicated service that they provided to the region at the council’s regional awards ceremony held June 3, 2015 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.
“Some recipients have demonstrated a superior commitment to patient care, some have made strides toward improving the local EMS system and still others have made significant ancillary contributions to our local EMS system. We acknowledge their contributions toward public health, safety and wellness.”

Recipients of this year’s regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2015 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony, November 14 in Norfolk. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.

“We recognize all Virginia EMS providers who consistently demonstrate their commitment to saving lives and protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth. Their willingness to put their own lives on the line for the well-being of the community is honorable and appreciated,” said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Office of EMS.

The 2015 Central Shenandoah EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

  • Excellence in EMS – Amanda McComas, Fairfield Volunteer Rescue Squad/ Carilion Clinic Life-Guard 12/ Central Shenandoah EMS Council, Inc.
  • Outstanding EMS Administrator – Chad Blosser, Central Shenandoah EMS Council, Inc.
  • Outstanding EMS Agency – Waynesboro Fire Department
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children – Sam the Safety-Saurus, Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety – Blue Ridge Crisis Intervention Team
  • Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Sandy Fischer, Hot Springs Rescue Squad/Hot Springs Fire Department
  • Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – James Forrest Calland, M.D., F.A.C.S., University of Virginia Health System
  • Outstanding Prehospital Educator – Rebecca Anhold, Mount Solon Fire & Rescue, Bridgewater Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding Prehospital Provider- Richard Moyer, Waynesboro First Aid Crew
  • Outstanding EMS Telecommunications Dispatcher – Penni Walker, Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship) Nicholas Shifflett, Grottoes Rescue Squad/New Hope Volunteer Fire Department/McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company

Local Awards:

  • Senior Rescue Squad Member of the Year – Jeremy Wampler, Grottoes Rescue Squad, Waynesboro First Aid Crew, Rockbridge County Fire & Rescue and Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Company
  • Kevin Sperka Memorial Award ($500) – Allison Rowzie, Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad