Lord Fairfax EMS Council Recognizes Excellence in EMS

July 5, 2017

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Tracey McLaurin, executive director
Lord Fairfax EMS Council, Inc.

Tristen Graves, public relations assistant
Virginia Department of Health


(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. honored and recognized the remarkable level of service and dedication by the region’s EMS personnel at the annual awards ceremony June 21. Outstanding achievement awards were provided to those who were nominated by their peers for their noteworthy accomplishments in the EMS field.

“We’re so proud to be able to honor these very dedicated and selfless individuals,” said Tracey McLaurin, executive director of the Lord Fairfax EMS Council. “They’re a shining example of the outstanding EMS system displayed here in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.”

Recipients of this year’s regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2017 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony, Nov. 11, in Norfolk. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.

“It is so important that we recognize and honor the men and women who serve on the front line of our health care system,” said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Office of EMS. “Their commitment to being ready at a moment’s notice to protect and provide quality prehospital care warrants the utmost respect and appreciation.”

The 2017 Lord Fairfax EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

  • Excellence in EMS – Jon D. Henschel, Winchester Fire and Rescue Department
  • Outstanding EMS Administrator – Nichole Hounshell, Winchester Fire and Rescue Department
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Nurse – Callie Dove, R.N., Warren Memorial Hospital
  • Outstanding Prehospital Provider – Robert Ruffner, Stanley Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship)
    Anna Griffin, South End Fire Company