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May 16, 2022       

TIDEWATER EMS COUNCIL RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN EMS

(Chesapeake, Va.) - The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc., celebrated the regional EMS awards, May 14th, in-person awards dinner the council presented top honors to those individuals who were considered for their remarkable contributions to the EMS field. Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great and this year’s award recipients have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and passion for serving others. They continually strive to provide the highest quality of care when it is needed most. We take great pride in recognizing THE best EMS responders, instructors, dispatchers, nurses and agencies in the Tidewater region and Commonwealth of Virginia,” said David Long, executive director of the Tidewater EMS Council, Inc. “EMS is often the tip of the spear in the healthcare continuum working closely with hospitals, public health, and the law enforcement community.  Recipients of this year’s regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2022 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced later this year. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.

 “If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?” said John Adams, President of the United States of America. 

The 2022 Tidewater EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

Regional EMS Award for Excellence in EMS (R.C. Dailey Award)

Michael Barakey, Suffolk Fire-Rescue

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health & Safety

Chris West, Virginia Beach EMS

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Leadership (Bruce W. Edwards Award)

James Reynolds, Chesapeake Fire Department

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Agency

LifeCare Medical Transports, LLC

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children

Bryan Soriano, Chesapeake Fire Department

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Prehospital Educator (James M. Wagenbach Award)

Cheryl King, Chesapeake Fire Department

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Prehospital Provider

Thomas Sasso, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication

Joe Ware, Norfolk Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response

Regional EMS Award for Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS (Frank M. Yeiser, Jr., MD Award)

Lori Givonetti, MD, Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response

Jamie Styron, Virginia Beach EMS

Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior

Evan Old, Virginia Beach EMS / VBVRS (R-14)

Regional EMS Award for Innovation Excellence in EMS

David J. Keeler, Virginia Beach EMS

Lifetime Achievement (James "Jim" Chandler Award)

Hollye Carpenter, Northampton CO of EMS

 

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