Four VB Rescue members received awards from the Tidewater EMS Council at the annual TEMS Expo that concluded on May 15.
EMT Evan Old, a volunteer with the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, was awarded Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior for his on-duty service with VB Rescue.
Cpt. Chris West was awarded Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety for his leadership of the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) EMS Program for VB Rescue. The CIT EMS Program aims to educate and prepare VB Rescue members and other local public safety professionals on how to handle mental health emergencies in the field.
Senior Paramedic David Keeler plays a critical role within VB Rescue’s Training team, finding new ways to streamline and improve processes through digital means. David’s work in this field earned him the Innovation Excellence in EMS award.
Senior Paramedic Jamie Styron was given the Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response award for her incredible work during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Mass Vaccination Center. Jamie worked closely with local and state partners to help VB Rescue administer more than 125,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
The Expo, held this year at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Chesapeake, features an awards presentation each year that honors EMS providers throughout the region.
Pictured above are Evan, Cpt. West, Jamie, Deputy Chief Joey Hundley, who accepted David’s award on his behalf and Brigade Chief Rob Gramkowski.