2019 Regional EMS Award Winners Announced

Central Shenandoah EMS Council, Inc., honored the dedication and commitment of its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers at the Council’s Regional Awards Ceremony June 12, 2019, held at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.

“Congratulations to all the CSEMS Regional EMS Award recipients for their dedication to providing daily lifesaving services,” said CSEMS President, Gary Critzer. “I am honored to recognize the efforts of the men and women who make it their life’s work to keep our local communities safe and improve our regional EMS system.  It’s important for us to take time to honor emergency medical service providers for their demonstrated service excellence and teamwork in their communities,” he added.

Central Shenandoah EMS Council’s Regional EMS Awards program provides local EMS providers and agencies an opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of their fellow emergency medical responders. Each year, there are EMS providers and system participants who stand out for their exceptional achievements.

Some recipients have exemplified outstanding leadership and dedication in pre-hospital care, some have made strides in providing innovative training, others are deeply devoted to community awareness, preventive health programs, public relations efforts and all have participated in improving the effectiveness, response and delivery of contributions to the local EMS system. It’s important that the system and the local community acknowledge their contributions toward public health, safety and wellness.

Recipients of this year’s regional awards compete for the 2019 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony in November in Norfolk, Va. Winners of the Governor’s EMS Awards will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.

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From left to right;
Colton Allison, Donna Good, Jolene Powell, Jodi Johnson and
Lennis Echterling, Ph.D

The 2019 Central Shenandoah EMS Council Regional Award Recipients are:

  • Outstanding EMS AdministratorGreg Cassis, Harisonburg Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding EMS PhysicianGlen Michael, MD, Augusta Health
  • Outstanding Pre-Hospital EducatorJolene Powell, Rockingham County Fire and Rescue
  • Outstanding Pre-Hospital ProviderJodi Johnson, Grottoes Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding EMS AgencyGrottoes Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000) – Colton Allison, Harrisonburg Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding EMS Telecommunications Dispatcher Award
    Donna Good, Augusta County Emergency Communications Center
  • Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS Colette VanName, City of Lexington Fire Department
  • Excellence In EMS Lennis Echterling, Ph.D, Central Shenandoah EMS Council CISM Team

Local Awards:

  • Kevin Sperka Memorial Award ($500) – Noah Knick, Fairfield Volunteer Rescue Squad and Waynesboro First Aid Crew