Northern Virginia EMS Council Recognizes Excellence In EMS

 June 10, 2016

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Marcia Pescitani
interim executive director
Northern Virginia EMS Council, Inc.
Tristen Graves, public relations assistant
Virginia Department of Health

(GAINESVILLE, Va.)  – The Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. honored recipients of its Regional EMS Awards on June 9, at the city of Fairfax Fire Department. The council paid tribute to the devoted service of their providers and awarded the top regional honors to those, nominated by their peers, who demonstrated exceptional service.

“We are very proud of our regional EMS award winners who represent the dedication and commitment to excellence that is responsible for the extraordinary emergency response system serving Northern Virginia,” said Marcia Pescitani, interim executive director of the Northern Virginia EMS Council.

Recipients of this year’s regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2016 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony, Nov. 12 in Norfolk. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.

“I am honored to acknowledge the remarkable level of service and dedication shown by these regional award winners,” said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Office of EMS. “Their commitment to providing lifesaving patient care to citizens in their community make them worthy of such recognition.”

The 2016 Northern Virginia EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

  • Excellence in Emergency Medical Services – William Dwyer, Arlington County Fire Department
  • Outstanding EMS Administrator – Kevin Stiles, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS Preparedness and Response – Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, EMS Division
  • Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Katie Arnold, R.N., and Lois Collins, R.N., George Washington University Hospital, Trauma Nurse Team
  • Outstanding Prehospital Educator – Penny Kelly, Falls Church Academy, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Outstanding Prehospital Provider – Valerie Kusterbeck, City of Manassas Fire & Rescue
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship) Hanna DeMeester, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad