July 6, 2015

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. celebrated the remarkable level of dedication and commitment shown by its EMS personnel at the council’s regional awards ceremony held June 17 at the Front Royal Fire Department.

“I’m very thankful that we have the opportunity for the EMS community to gather together in our region once a year to recognize the dedication, perseverance and selflessness of such great EMS providers and agencies within our region,” said Tracey McLaurin, executive director of the Lord Fairfax EMS Council. “All our EMS providers are winners in our eyes but this ceremony is a great opportunity to recognize a few of the many outstanding accomplishments.”

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 Lord Fairfax EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

  • Excellence in EMS – William R. Bowmaster, Sr., Frederick County Fire & Rescue Department
  • Outstanding EMS Agency – Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Department
  • Outstanding Prehospital Provider – Jordan R. Highland, Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Department
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Physician – David Watts, M.D. Winchester Medical Center
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Nurse – Lisa T. Zerull, R.N., Winchester Medical Center
  • Outstanding Prehospital Educator – James P. Medeiros, Retired, formerly of Valley Medical Transport
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship) Bradley Henschel, New Market Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, Stonewall Jackson High School