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VAVRS Training Officer Submitted by Curtis Crawford, VAVRS Training Officer As we thaw out from another winter, training season is upon us again. It is time to come out of our hibernation and get active. Our instructors across the Commonwealth are beginning to set up class. Here are a few tips if you are planning to host a class in the near future. First give your department and our instructors plenty of lead time to schedule and advertise the class. We want our training to reach as many people as possible, so getting the word out as quickly as possible in advance of the event is important. We understand that schedules are busy and it may also take time for departments and instructors to work together to find a date that is suitable for all. Planning ahead will help make your training a success. Next, make sure your department has all the recommended supplies, equipment, and enrollment to host the class. Certain classes have enrollment minimums or supplies such as cars, classrooms, and/or driving space in order to put on a class. If you do not think your department can provide everything, work with neighboring departments to co-host these classes. In today’s first responder world, we depend on our neighbors to help us when our resources are exhausted. Training should be no different. If you and your neighbors need the same classes or even your whole county, get together and find common ground to host the class and train together. Working and training with other departments only strengthens both departments and helps us provide the best for our communities. My goal as training officer and as a VAVRS officer is to get our programs out to the entire Commonwealth. Our instructor network is good, but we need to improve its reach to more first responders. If you know someone that would make a good instructor, encourage them to begin the process to join our instructor network. Instructors are a gateway for new members to be introduced into the VAVRS. We want motivated and enthusiastic people with knowledge and experience in their field. We want to share all the great information our members have with others and to new responders beginning this great journey. I am looking forward to the 2019 Rescue College. We have a lot of offerings for this year. Please help us grow Rescue College and attend this year. Convention this year is also an exciting venture. We will be offering training for both EMS and Fire. If you need anything in the meanwhile, please contact me and let me know. Thank you for all you do. Stay Alert! Stay Safe!

Rescue Hall of Fame By: Kevin Dillard, Chairman The Rescue Hall of Fame Committee is accepting application for consideration for induction into the 2019 Virginia Life Saving and Rescue Hall of Fame. You can find more information and the qualifications on the VAVRS website on the Forms Page. Applications are due to the VAVRS office no later than March 1, 2019.

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2018-2019 VAVRS Officers and Committee Chairs President - Scott Davis Vice President - Connie Moore Secretary - Wesley Melson Treasurer - Wayne Rapp Training Officer - Curtis Crawford Chaplain - Joey King Chaplain Emeritus - Page Entsminger Historian - Dreama Chandler Immediate Past President - Kim Craig Chief Rescue Officer - John Craig Editor - Gary Dalton Parliamentarian - J. C. Phillips Facilities Manager - George Langford Legal Advisor - Mary Malone Medical Advisor - Dr. Scott Hayes District 1 Vice President - Nick Brown District 2 Vice President - Carolyn White District 3 Vice President - Chris Snyder District 5 Vice President - Mike Smoot District 6 Vice President - Scottie Adams District 7 Vice President - Toby Akers District 8 Vice President - Thomas Tomlin District 9 Vice President - Dwayne Stanley District 10 Vice President - Byron Andrews Executive Director - Matt Henke Office Assistant - Cindy Bailey Bookkeeper - Cynthia Babb Lobbyist - Ed Rhodes

Convention - Tarry Pribble Bylaws - Bruce Stratton I T Coordinator - Steve Ayers New Course / Future Vision - Kenny Frenier Rescue College - John Craig Finance - Wayne Rapp Camporee Coordinator - Scott Masincup Scholarship - Mickey Grodski Human Resources - Connie Moore Legislative - Bubby Bish Public Relations - Wesley Melson Life Member - Mike Moore Publication - Gary Dalton Hall of Fame - Kevin Dillard EMS Advisory Board - Valeta Daniels EMS Advisory Board - Dreama Chandler EMS Exchange - Kevin Dillard Nominating - Kevin Dillard

2018-2019 VAJVRS Officers President - Brandon Propst Vice President - Sheriz Chisley-Strickler Secretary/Treasurer - Adam Lane Historian - Olivia Bostic Chaplain - Bryton Vandyke Advisor Chair - Alfred Smith

2018-2019 AVAVRS Officers and Committee Chairs President - Ailease Short Vice President - Fay Browning Secretary - Vickie Arnold Treasurer - Elsie Butler Chaplain - Clara Craig Historian - Linda Berkstresser Parliamentarian - Carolyn Brand Immediate Past President - Harry Householder Midwestern Vice President - Garland Linkous Northeastern Vice President - Marie Householder Southcentral Vice President - Joan Smoot Southeastern Vice President - Judy Frame Southwestern Vice President - Marcella Caudill Western Vice President - Laura Booze

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Membership - Fay Browning Finance - Elsie Butler Resolutions - Carolyn Brand Emergency Care - Nellie Sue Ritchie Nominating - Fern Puckett Life Member - Dolores Hudson Convention - Maxine Kerns Convention - Ruth Swicegood Roll Call - Christie Jefferies Co-Chair Roll Call - Valerie Becker Fundraising - Tracey Frame Co-Chair Fundraising - Stacey Frame

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Deadline for the Upcoming Issues of the VIRGINIA LIFELINE Deadline for future issues are as follows: December 15 for the 1st Quarter Issue March 15 for the 2nd Quarter Issue June 15 for the 3rd Quarter Issue July 15 for the Convention Issue September 15 for the 4th Quarter Issue

Articles may be submitted by any member of the VAVRS, AVAVRS and VAJVRS. Feature articles are encouraged. Photos and/or graphics are acceptable and can be returned if requested.

Contact the VAVRS Editor (editor@vavrs.com) if you need assistance submitting to the publication. Advertising Rates: Member Squads…,…......no charge Full Page…………………..$ 275.00 Half Page………………..…$150.00 Quarter Page……………....$100.00 Business Card……………..$ 50.00

From the Editor, Sometimes you get what you ask for, sometimes you don’t. In the Convention and 4th Quarter Issue of VIRGINIA LIFELINE I dared each of you to share information, reports, photos and articles so we could put them on public display within the pages of our newsletter. Though response was disappointing I am holding on to the hope that 2019 will provide you with a stimulus to submit regularly to your LIFELINE. As new year begins we get to decide if it is a new chapter, new verse or just the same old story—ultimately we write it. The choice is ours— because what the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year. The VAVRS has identified that new beginnings are in order and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as new changes come your way. We are asking you to take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing in the resolve of our officers and committees. So, Cheers to the New Year as it is another chance for us to Get It Right. My sincere thanks to all of the contributors to this issue.

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National EMS Memorial Service By: Kevin Dillard, NEMSMS Past President Thanks to all the members of the VAVRS for the continued support of the Hosting the National EMS Memorial bike ride as they came National EMS Memorial Service. Our through Fredericksburg last year. 26th annual service was held in May 2018 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center. We had 36 providers from eleven states that were recognized. As we prepared for the 2019 service, we are seeking donations for sponsorship of various aspects of the Memorial Weekend. These sponsorships are at various different financial levels. Additionally we are now accepting donations for the Adopt-A-Family program for 2019. If you know of a business, agency or person that might be interested in financially assisting the service for 2019, please contact me. I can be reached at kdillard@lifecare94.com We are also excited to announce that HR1037 was unanimously approved by the United States Congress to support the permanent National EMS Memorial to be built in Washington, DC. This is awaiting signature of the President. The 2019 service weekend will be May 17-19, with the actual service being held on Saturday May 18th at the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center. Please mark your calendars now and try to attend the upcoming service. Bike riders being escorted into a rest stop in Fredericksburg. Official

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AMBULANCE FOR SALE Year: 2004—Mileage: 103,682—Type: III—Manufacturer: Horton—Chassis Make/Model: Ford E-350 Engine: Ford 6.0L which was “bulletproofed” at 99,000 miles—Drive Terrain: RWD Exterior Lighting: Red Whelen 700 and 900 Series LEDs updated in 2014, front light bar with strobe lights, rear LED turn signals and brake lights, and halogen scene and back up lights. Interior Lighting: Halogen dome lights and florescent check out lights. Siren: Whelen siren box and Air Horns Exterior Condition: Normal wear and tear for age, no major damage. Interior Condition: Normal wear and tear for age, no major damage. Additional: Stryker manual stretcher included, which has received preventative maintenance within the last year. 115 Volt AC Inverter, on board suction system, PharmGuard climate controlled medication cabinet with lock, IV fluid cooler Price: $10,000 or best offer. For additional information contact Darius Brown at (804)258-3234 or dbrown@lakesiderescue.org

Madison County Rescue Squad 2019 EMT – B Class When: March 4 thru July—Monday & Wednesday nights and some Sundays Where: Madison Rescue Building Cost: 950.00 for Non-Members This class will prepare you to take the NREMT Test in July. The class will be taught by the Thomas Jefferson EMS If you have ever thought about a way the help and serve your community this is a great way to do so, by joining the Squad and Serving 1 Night a week for 18 months after the class the Squad will pay for your tuition. For more information Contact Jeff Jenkins at hvyrsq08@gmail.com or 540-948-5353 and we will get back to you

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Congratulations to the 2018 Governor’s EMS Award Winners! By the virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized: The Governor’s EMS Award for Excellence in EMS Terrence J. McGregor Terrence McGregor is currently serving as the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Senior EMS Program Head, but prior to that he lead an extensive career in Virginia’s EMS System. Terrence has been an integral part of the EMS system in the Peninsulas region and in the Commonwealth for almost 20 years. He served numerous roles; working diligently to educate future EMS providers, effectively leading EMS agencies and serving as an advocate for the EMS community. Terrence’s career included serving as the Chief of Emergency Services for the county of Lancaster, overseeing all aspects of emergency prevention, planning, mitigation, response and recovery. He also worked as the Senior Training Specialist, assigned to Richmond Fire Training Academy at the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing training and maintaining certification for more than 400 EMS providers that worked for the department. In addition, Terrence worked tirelessly to improve the EMS System on the regional and state level. He served on numerous committees during his tenure in both the Peninsulas and Old Dominion EMS Alliance region, including the Incident Stress Management Team and EMS Operations. At the state level, he also served on the Symposium Program Committee. Terrence is an active advocate for the practice and education of EMS providers and volunteers for the communities in which he lives and works, contributing to the improvement of public health in those neighborhoods. His dedication to the profession is infectious, whether among his staff, students or peers and his example inspires others to strive to be better in the EMS field. Terrence McGregor’s contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Administrator The Kent J. Weber Trophy Daniel Norville Daniel Norville has been a pillar in Virginia’s EMS System for 44 years, serving in many capacities and roles. In 1974, he became a member of the Davis Corner Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad and rose through the volunteer ranks, serving as Chief and Brigade Commander. In 1978, Dan began his career with the City of Norfolk and assisted in the development of Norfolk Fire-Rescue. After 22 years, Dan retired from active volunteer service, but he continues to serve as a Life Member. Currently, Dan is a Battalion Chief, and is responsible for EMS response, quality assurance, compliance issues and providing administrative and operational guidance to supervisors and providers regarding fire, EMS, HazMat and technical rescue operations. In addition, Dan has been instrumental in providing assistance as a liaison for the Virginia EMS Symposium for the past 16 years. He resides on numerous committees at the regional and state level, providing support to enhance EMS and patient care. Daniel Norville’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Continued on page 11)

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The Governor’s EMS Award for Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS The Frank M. Yeiser Trophy Edward Reed Smith, M.D. As an Operational Medical Director, emergency physician and author, Dr. Reed Smith has served a key role in the innovative medical care in the Northern Virginia region. His groundbreaking work in Trauma Emergency Casualty Care and the Rescue Task Force has been emulated nationally and internationally. Dr. Smith is a respected authority on many topics, including active shooter. His current focus is on a training program called, “Be the Help Until Help Arrives.” It covers bleeding control, hypothermia prevention, simple airway techniques and providing metal health support. The program is gaining national attention as being the most thorough training program available to the bystander of a violent event. It has been through trainings such as these that Dr. Smith has helped to empower the average citizen to be the change needed most during critical situations. Dr. Reed Smith’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS Sarah Beth Dinwiddie, R.N. Sarah Beth Dinwiddie is committed to the health and well-being of her community and the Commonwealth, which has been evident through her work as a nurse, an educator and a first responder. Her participation in the EMS field began in 1998, when she became actively involved in emergency services by serving as an agency training officer, a travel emergency room nurse and a clinical team leader for the emergency department at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she currently works as the trauma outreach coordinator. Sarah Beth exhibits great pride and enthusiasm in the work she does with the community, such as providing knowledge on wilderness emergency care, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign and other outreach services. In addition, she is an active participant on numerous local, regional and state committees. Sarah Beth Dinwiddie’s significant contributions to Virginia’s EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Prehospital Educator Jason Ferguson For more than 25 years, Jason Ferguson has served a pivotal role in the EMS community and has helped shape the way providers have been educated in central Virginia. At the age of 16, he began his career as a volunteer with the Monelison Volunteer Rescue Squad. In 2004, Jason was appointed Director of Public Safety Programs at Central Virginia Community College, where he oversees Administration of Justice, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Technology, as well as all courses offered through the American Heart Association. In addition, he is a flight paramedic for Centra One, a member of the State EMS Advisory Board and a mentor who personally invests in each and every student’s success and abilities to be the best they can be. Jason Ferguson’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Page

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The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Prehospital Provider Maxie Skeen Throughout her extensive career in EMS, Maxie Skeen has demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to the EMS system, not only in the Southwest region, but also throughout the Commonwealth. Maxie became an active member of the EMS community in 1966, and has volunteered with the Cleveland Rescue Squad for more than 52 years. She is certified as an EMT- Intermediate and runs calls almost daily. Maxie is also dedicated to recruitment and mentoring, understanding that EMS providers must continually educate and raise the next generation. She can often be found at local schools performing EMS demonstrations for students and was instrumental in starting the agency’s Junior Squad.

Maxie Skeen is a leader in the EMS community and has earned the respect of both her colleagues and the people she serves. Maxie Skeen’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Peer Support Team The Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Peer Support Team was originally created in 1989 as a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, which was designed to address mental health conditions resulting from traumatic call responses.

In 2010, the team conducted a research study to address members’ needs, which culminated in adopting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Stress First Aid program. As a result, the Peer Support Team has since increased membership and has expanded services to other public safety groups including, retirees, chaplains, local police and sheriff’s departments. Since its inception, the peer support program has served as a key component to provide resources to EMS providers across all areas of public safety; helping to improve the health and well-being of the men and women who sacrifice each day to help others. The Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Peer Support Team’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Continued on page 13)

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The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children Kelli England Will Kelli Will has spent much of her career focusing on pediatric health and injury prevention. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Health. Kelli currently serves as a professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, with an appointment to Pediatrics and a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has been recognized throughout the Commonwealth and nationally for her “Boost ‘em Up” program and public service videos that focus on improving booster seat usage. Her passion for education and children’s health is shown through her many honors and dedication to the field. Kelli England Will’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly appreciated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Agency Newport News Fire Department The Newport News Fire Department is a fire-based Advanced Life Support EMS System that provides traditional EMS services. All department employees are trained at a minimum level of Advanced EMT, with most providers at EMT-Intermediate or EMT-Paramedic. Recent initiatives by the Newport News Fire Department includes an implementation of the Pulse Point Public CPR dispatch system in Newport News and their Community Para medicine/Mobile Integrated Healthcare pilot program. In addition to providing quality care to those in need, the agency also takes pride in the services and support it offers to its members. The department provides gym memberships, helps those who choose to increase their medical certifications and provides an active peer support team with full access to the regional Critical Incident Stress Management team. Newport News Fire Department’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication Mindy Secrest Mindy Secrest has worked in public safety for Arlington County for the past 18 years and has an extensive amount of experience as a certified Emergency Medical Dispatcher. She is a member of the Emergency Communication Center’s Critical Incident Stress Management and Traumatic Exposure Recovery Program Team, and has participated in many interventions for Arlington personnel during potential crises. She has also received numerous awards in correlation to her work as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) member, including CIT Dispatcher of the Year for two (Continued on page 14)

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consecutive years. Mindy’s dedication to public safety is shown through her continued efforts to enhance her knowledge, skills and abilities to better serve her community and to improve the public safety system. Mindy Secrest’s dedication and significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly appreciated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response The James A. Nogle, Jr. Trophy Near Southwest Medical Reserve Corps The Near Southwest Medical Reserve Corps (NSMRC) is a regional unit that covers five health districts in the large geographic area of Southwest Virginia. The unit consists of approximately 400 volunteers across 16 counties within seven cities that encompass its region and provide emergency preparedness and response support in a variety of settings. Volunteers of NSMRC assist in community health events, training programs, influenza points of dispensing and many other programs to keep Virginia one of the most prepared states in the nation. Most notably, the NSMRC, working with Carilion Clinic, implemented “Stop the Bleed” programs and taught the skill to over 2,500 eighth and ninth grade students and community members in just over a year. The NSMRC is dedicated to community preparedness and works aggressively to teach the public how to assist in emergent circumstances. The Near Southwest Medical Reserve Corps’ significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued in the Commonwealth of Virginia. An additional award is presented at the ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions to EMS by a high school senior. This is a scholarship award presented by the State EMS Advisory Board.

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior The Dr. Carol Gilbert $5,000 Scholarship Mikayla Cunney For Mikayla Cunney, the best part about being an EMT is not only feeling as if she’s making a difference in her community, but it is also the people she meets and the friends she makes along the way. Mikayla discovered her passion for the medical field while she was enrolled in an EMT course in high school. Soon after, she soon began volunteering with the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad. For her, providing patients with the best possible prehospital emergency care is the most important aspect of EMS. In addition to earning her National Registry certification, Mikayla was ranked one of the top students academically in her senior class and was also rated the number three tennis player in the state. Mikayla is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was accepted into the prestigious Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine. Mikayla Cunney’s contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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COME AND CELEBRATE WITH OTHERS THE AUXILIARY MOVEMENT! Instructors: Fran Phillips, J. C. Phillips and Ailease Short The 2019 AUXILIARY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP will be held at Rescue College on June 14th and 15th. We need at least 20 awesome people wishing to be great Auxiliary members, be a local Auxiliary officer or who may be considering running for an office in their District or the AVAVRS. We welcome persons who wish to start an Auxiliary or any Senior Squad personnel who just want to look into the idea and observe. Some of the areas the class will explore are: How to write a nomination for Life Membership, submit information for the Auxiliary of the Year Award and the Outstanding Service Award. AVAVRS Officer Job Descriptions will be examined. Ideas for Auxiliary Fund-raising and Marketing will be discussed. What will work near a city may not work in the suburbs and vice versa. Local Auxiliary officer duties and the importance of communication will be examined. Parliamentary Law will be touched on in an informative, easy to understand, way. A discussion will be held on how to write a bylaw to be presented to your local organization, the district or state association. There will be other “Fun Ideas” that the class may participate in. Other areas of education will be taught as time permits. The VAVRS and AVAVRS are going through extensive changes. Our Convention will be held in August [not the first time]. Many District Meetings have been moved up to accommodate this change. Other changes are taking place that are out of the control of the AVAVRS. These changes will be discussed at Rescue College. Those in attendance will be able to understand the changes and ask informed questions.

We welcome ideas from individuals. Please remember that these ideas must be instructive to the Auxiliary movement and be enlightening to all attendees. There will be lots of class participation with breakout sessions. We will have fun while learning about “Friendship and Hospitality to the Rescue”.

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AVAVRS President Ailease Short I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a great holiday season. With a new year beginning, we all need to get busy thinking about changes coming forth in this new year of change in the VAVRS and AVAVRS. Please remember, with Convention being in August this year, don’t wait until last minute to submit forms for awards, etc. Some of the district meetings for the year 2019 have been changed to get everything done in time for convention. Pay attention to notices and web site for meeting dates as they are available.

Bensley Auxiliary group at their Christmas dinner, joined by There are so many deserving people out squad President and Vice-President. there for the Outstanding Service Award and Life Membership so please get a jump start and nominate these folks. Deadline dates are on the website. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me or call me. With the merger of the Fire Association and the VAVRS there are going to be changes and growing pains. Think positive and let’s make this an even greater association. The AVAVRS has a lot to offer and please do not let these changes halter the way we have done things in the past. The Fire Auxiliary people are eager to join with us and work together. Don’t forget that at the Spring Officers meeting in March, all Auxiliary Presidents are expected to attend. (If President cannot attend please send an alternate delegate; as we will be voting on some items at this Auxiliary folks attending VAVRS Executive meeting instead of waiting until convention time.) Board meeting at Oilville in November Auxiliary Presidents, I will need to know who your delegate is going to be for the Spring Officers meeting by March 1, 2018. There will be a sign in table at this meeting for all Auxiliary Presidents or delegate. This meeting will be on March 30, 2019 at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn in Roanoke, Va. at 9 a.m. If you plan to come to Roanoke on Friday night, you must make your own reservation. Usually District 6 hosts a Hospitality Night on Friday night and it is a great time of fun, food, and fellowship.

Now back in 1951, is when the AVAVRS got started and has been going strong ever since. Let’s celebrate at the Spring Officers Meeting with a 50’s theme. Wear your favorite 50’s costume or attire. I will have some prizes for the best ones. I know all of you have been busy in your immediate areas doing all you can for your communities and squads. For that, I thank each of you and give you a pat on the back for a job well done. I have certainly enjoyed seeing many of you at some of your installations and had a ball preparing for them. As I have said before, each of you already show “Friendship and Hospitality To The Rescue”. Don’t forget about Rescue College coming up in June at Virginia Tech. Hope to see many of you there. Fran & J.C. Phillips and myself have a great class planned for you with lots of class participation. Do Not miss out on the fun! Fran has an article in this edition of Lifeline also regarding Rescue College. Last but not least, thanks to my own Auxiliary, Bensley-Bermuda, for always having my back and being so supportive of me and the AVAVRS.

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AVAVRS Convention Chair Submitted by Maxine Kerns, AVAVRS Convention Chair Greetings, AVAVRS friends! WOW! 2019 and now it’s time to embark upon an exciting, challenging and enlightening year for the AVAVRS family. Making plans for Convention @ Hampton will begin soon and let’s hope for another great celebration. We will learn a lot of details in the coming months and plans will certainly fall into place! We will keep you informed as information is provided. Woo Hoo! A few things are known: 

Embassy Suites will be our headquarters

Every member and officer needs to make their own reservation (March 2019)

Although we will be at a new site, lots of fun and excitement awaits us @ Hampton

As we venture into 2019 , we are reminded of all that the officers and members accomplish. Great opportunities are just around the corner. Friendship & Hospitality… To The Rescue, a super theme chosen by President Ailease Short, for 2019. Please notate - August 7–10th for the Convention @ Hampton, VA & stay tuned.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center and Spa 1700 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666—757-827-8200

Ruth Swicegood and I will be available, so please do not hesitate to let us know if you need anything or if we can be of assistance.

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Happy New Year Greetings from your AVAVRS Vice President Submitted by Fay Browning, AVAVRS Vice President Happy 2019 to all of you, and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Now it is time to look forward to a brand new year with new challenges and opportunities with “Friendship and Hospitality to the Rescue! I am very proud of all of our auxiliaries for a successful 2018, and am excited about 2019 and all it has in store for us. I look forward to working with the Fire Association to see what new and innovative ideas we can learn from them. I know this is a new adventure, but all of you have proved to me we can meet a challenge with hospitality and friendship and come through with flying colors. I look forward to the Spring Officers Meeting on March 30 in Roanoke. This will be a new adventure for us with all of our auxiliary presidents or their representative meeting with us. This will allow us an opportunity to vote on some issues without having to wait until Convention, and have some fellowship time to exchange ideas. I am looking forward to Ailease’s costume contest representing the 50’s when our AVAVRS was started. You need to be reading that Diamond Jubilee book to refresh your memory of how we got started and what went on back then for the trivia quiz. Convention will bring some new challenges that we can turn into opportunities again this year as we meet with the Fire Association, August 8-10 in Hampton. All of us will have to make our own lodging reservations directly with Embassy Suites. Please pay attention to the VAVRS website for details and dates on when we can start making reservations. I am sure Ailease and Maxine are on top of everything we need to know at this point. Speaking of the VAVRS website, they have enhanced it greatly to be user-friendly and is the place to go for information about AVAVRS events and dates, as well as general information. We also need to start thinking about Rescue College June 15-16 at Virginia Tech in Roanoke. I know Ailease, Fran and J.C. Phillips are making plans for an exciting two days of good information and fun. If you have never been, please try to do so this year! I also just learned recently I am a member of the VAVRS Scholarship Committee. This is a new opportunity for me and I hope I can make a difference in this capacity. I have been a judge for scholarships several times. Please remember this is a great opportunity for our members to share in for themselves, their children and grandchildren. We also are looking for opportunities for new members. If anyone knows of a squad or any emergency services agency that has an auxiliary who is not a member of the AVAVRS, please let me know so I can contact them. Even if they don’t have an auxiliary or one that is struggling, please let me know so I can see if we can help them. The VAVRS is good about sending me the names of squads or emergency services agencies that join them, and this is a great contact partnership. Remember “a small group can accomplish many things, but an organized group achieves great things!” I look forward to serving as your Vice President again this year, and hopefully try to fill some big shoes next year. If you want to be a part of my team for next year, please let me know. Before I close, all of us need to remember and practice to move over when you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road! These are precious people out there trying to help people. We need to keep everyone safe! I hope this year will be a happy and healthful one for all of you! Page

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From the Legislative Attic Submitted by Ed Rhodes As I get ready to write this article and try to think ahead so it will be current, I look at the computer screen in the attic and realize how big my four grandkids have grown since I began using the picture. Maybe in the spring issue you may see something new. It is raining now which will melt the remaining fourteen inches of snow. My cousin sent me a picture of his house with green grass and marigolds, saying “shorts, a tee shirt and 15 minutes to cut the grass”. He is in Phoenix. The 2019 General Assembly begins January 9th for their short session (45 days), but it won’t feel like it. Legislative bills are being introduced, from none a day to a dozen or more on some days. This year’s bills range from child restraint devices in emergency vehicles and law enforcement vehicles, to workers compensation for PTSD (one bill introduced probably with more to come), seat belts in school buses, cancer presumption, and of course the weapons in ambulances and fire equipment legislation (which was defeated in the 2018 session with VAVRS and others opposing it). There will be more introduced and could range somewhere around 2,000 bills to review. With the elections this past November, there will be a new senator and a couple of new house members. Ever changing as all seats are up for election or re-election in 2019.

VAVRS Legislative Committee Chair Bubby Bish As I build the list of legislation as it is with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam introduced, they are forwarded on to the VAVRS Legislative Committee for review and a position. Legislation relating to school safety is forth coming along with some recommendations by the Governor in his budget bill. Hopefully there will not be any changes to EMS funding this year. This report is brief, but there will be more information after the first of March.

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EMS EXCHANGE PROGRAM Kevin Dillard, Chairman We are looking forward to our guests from Germany arriving in 2019 for our annual EMS Exchange Program. The tentative dates for their visit is May 6-22, 2019. We will be having the exchange visitors spend time in each of the districts that had representatives go over to Germany in 2018. As

EMS Exchange gift signed by the four 2017 German Exchange participants. we develop a more firm agenda of where the Exchange Program participants will be, we will publish so that you can try and visit with them.

Participants in the 2017 EMS Exchange Program L-R, Alexander Deutsch, Kristina Aue, Kevin Dillard, EMS Exchange Chair, Jane LaVerne, EMS Exchange Committee Member, Bjorn Bertemann, and Julian Rohrbeck

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People interested in going to Germany in 2020 will have an opportunity to start applying after the Germans visit us for this year’s exchange. Watch the VAVRS website for more information.

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9th Annual Fall Rescue Camp for Kids Submitted by Steve Dove District 10 hosted the 9th Annual Fall Rescue Camp for Kids on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Fredericksburg EXPO & Conference Center. This exciting camp provided hands-on experiences in life-saving techniques used in the healthcare system. Kids practiced similar training that performed by first responders during emergency incidents.

Kids took part in several stations during the day. One station consisted of Ropes training, where kids learned knots and the usefulness and strength of rope to help in emergency situations. While at this station the youngsters learned how to use a Fire Extinguisher. Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the lever and Sweep from side to side. The kids got to practice their skills at using a fire extinguisher in a simulated fire scenario. Another station focused on Vital Signs and Splinting. Practicing taking pulses in different areas on a patient and detecting a blood pressure helped the kids understand what signs can help identify what the patient’s condition may be. As the station progressed the participants learned the importance of splinting injuries a patient may be suspected of having. Splinting extremities with board splints and cravats. Finally, applying the long board proved to be a team effort which was enjoyed by all. Making a return showing each year is a CPR/AED station. The kids enjoy taking part in this life-saving training and understand when seconds count, they want to be prepared to help. Participants took part in the American Heart Association’s Friends and Family CPR Training. Learning compressions for adults, children and infants along with how to provide breaths. The skills and use of an AED where taught as the kids were able to apply this device in a controlled environment. Kids also learned how to relieve an airway obstruction in a responsive and unresponsive patient. Each participant received a course completion certificate for taking part in this training station. New this year was a Personal Protective Equipment and Stop the Bleed station. Here the kids learned how to don PPE such (Continued on page 26)

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as exam gloves, gowns, safety glasses, and face mask. Kids learned when it would be appropriate to use this body substance isolation equipment and how to properly put in on and remove it. After each participant had properly applied this gear they practiced how to stop bleeding. Learning that when direct pressure with gauze does not stop the bleeding than application of a tourniquet may be needed. Each kids applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding from a simulated extremity. Kids also learned how to pack a wound and hold pressure until additional help arrived. Using Teddy Bears as the simulated patient, wounds were packed with gauze and pressured applied with the heal of their hand to stop major bleeding. Kids also learned how to secure an impaled object that may be sticking out of the body. After the hands-on exercise the kids removed the protective gear and discussed the importance of washing their hands and how this simple task can help prevent the spread of germs. Another favorite of the kids is the EVOC course. This year the kids participated in a scaled down version of the driving course that included an S-turn, Offset Alley, Serpentine and Diminishing Alley. Driving through the cone course in a golf cart was a little challenging for some, while others demonstrated their driving skills like a pro. While some practiced their driving skills others in the group would practice their skills as a firefighter in the Firefighter Challenge. Kids donned turnout gear and pulled a manikin, before taking a fire hose and practicing pulling the nozzle and spraying water at a target. Then they practiced pulling an object with rope, to move to the next evolution of putting together hose couplings that matched. Finally, passing through a small enclosure to the next evolution that included hitting a tire with a hammer before reaching the end of the course, ringing the bell to indicate completion of the challenge. The experience these kids learn in the camp is obvious as many return year after year and demonstrate skills that they have learned at past camps. Not only does this exposure help prepare them in an emergency but it also helps them understand the day-to-day functions of the public safety system. Not only do the kids receive a camp completion certificate and camp medal, but they each leave with a unique experience that they will share with their family and friends. We certainly could not do this camp without the generous donations of our sponsors. We appreciate their commitment and dedication to help make this camp possible. As we close the book to another camp we are anxiously looking forward to our ten year anniversary next year. Hope to see you all there! Official

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PARLIAMENTARY LAW: Did you know? Submitted by J. C. Phillips, VAVRS Parliamentarian Did you know sometimes serious mistakes are made in election of Squad Officers? The election of Squad Officers may still stand, even if some non-voting members voted in that election. Example: It is found out days after the election that three non-voting members voted in the election of officers. Does the election still stand? Not necessarily. If all opposing candidates received more than three votes, the election stands. However, if any opposing candidates won by less than three votes, then these officers must be elected again. You should not ask any of the nonvoting members how they voted, since a ballot vote is supposed to be confidential. You should never rely on non-voting members to decide how an election may be resolved. This should be up to the membership. In most organizations the Vice President is responsible for the accuracy of the roster of voting members during an election. Only voting members should receive a ballot. The tellers [persons who count ballots] should be non-voting persons [Auxiliary, Juniors or other designated nonvoting people]. Your Parliamentarian may oversee the counting of the ballots if that person is not running for office. The minutes of the original election MUST be corrected in the Master Minutes and the Secretary’s minutes. This election mistake has happened in the past. I hope you now understand how this situation may be resolved.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019 Instructor Update March 2, 2019 Oilville, VA VAVRS Spring BOG Meeting March 30, 2019 Roanoke, VA 2019 VAVRS Rescue College June 7-16, 2019 VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA 2019 VAVRS Convention August 8-10, 2019 Hampton, VA Virginia EMS Symposium November 5-9, 2019 Norfolk, VA Page

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LifeCare Medical Transports Unveils New Specialty Ambulances During the November 14th employee luncheon, LifeCare Medical Transports unveiled two new specialty ambulances. The first new specialty ambulance was designed to honor all of our U.S. Military Veterans. The request for a Military Awareness ambulance came from LifeCare’s Salem Station Lieutenant, Ken Cook. Lieutenant Cook wanted to not only honor the Veterans that the Salem Station transports to and from the VA Hospital in Roanoke, VA, but to also honor all the LifeCare employees who are also Veterans.

LifeCare’s Veterans Ambulance was placed in service on November 21st. The unit was staffed with two of LifeCare’s very own Veterans, Greg Senter and Chad Colwell.

The second specialty ambulance unveiled was for LifeCare’s Charlottesville station. The ambulance was designed to honor those who have chosen to become an organ donor as well as to raise awareness to organ donation. President & CEO of LifeCare Medical Transports, Kevin Dillard stated, “Anytime one of our employees brings an idea for a new ambulance we get excited. When Sergeant Errick Wells came to me and expressed an interest in an Organ Donation Ambulance we immediately began designing. The number of lives saved by organ donation is staggering and we wanted to not only draw awareness to organ donation, but honor those who made the choice to be an organ donor”. LifeCare Medical Transports have dedicated several of their ambulances over the years to bring awareness to the community. Some of the specialty ambulances include, “Alzheimer’s Awareness”, “Autism Awareness”, “Cancer Awareness”, “Breast Cancer Awareness”, and “Kidney Disease Awareness”. All of the specialty units are used for everyday transports as well as used for special events.

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Governor’s EMS Advisory Board Roster Michel B. Aboutanos, MD, MPH, FACS - American College of Surgeons - Patient Care Coordinator Trauma Systems and Oversight Chair Samuel T. Bartle, MD - American Academy of Pediatrics - EMS for Children Chair John C. Bolling - Southwest Virginia EMS Council Dreama Chandler - Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads - Infrastructure Coordinator Valeta C. Daniels - Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Kevin L. Dillard - Virginia Ambulance Association - Financial Assistance Review Chair Angela Pier Ferguson - Old Dominion EMS Council Dillard E. Ferguson, Jr. (Eddie) - Virginia State Firefighters Association - Advisory Board Vice Chair Transportation Chair

Jason D. Ferguson - Western Virginia EMS Council - Medevac Chair R. Jason Ferguson - Blue Ridge EMS Council - Training and Certification Chair William B. Ferguson - Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators Jonathan D. Henschel - Lord Fairfax EMS Council - Administrative Coordinator - Rules Regulations Chair Sudha Jayaraman, MD, MSc - Medical Society of Virginia Lori L. Knowles - Rappahannock EMS Council - Provider Health and Safety Chair John Korman - Associated Public Safety Communications Officials - Communications Chair Matthew Lawler - Central Shenandoah EMS Council Julia Marsden - Consumer The Honorable Richard A. Orndorff, Jr. (Rich) - Virginia Municipal League

Jeremiah O’Shea, MD - Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Christopher L. Parker, BSN, RN, CEN CPEN, NRP, CCEMTP - Virginia Emergency Nurses Association/ Virginia Nurses Association - Advisory Board Chair Jethro H. Piland - Virginia Fire Chief’s Association Valerie Quick - Thomas Jefferson EMS Council Gary Samuels - Virginia Professional Fire Fighters/IAFF - Legislative and Planning Chair Jose V. Salazar, MPH, NREMT-P - Northern Virginia EMS Council - Professional Development Coordinator - Workforce Development Chair Thomas E. Schwalenberg (Thom) - Tidewater EMS Council - Energy Management Chair The Honorable Gary Wayne Tanner - Virginia Association of Counties

Sadie Jo Thurman - Peninsulas EMS Council Allen Yee, M.D., FAAEM - Virginia College of Emergency Physicians - Medical Direction Chair State EMS Advisory Board Meeting Dates February 8, 2019

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All meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. Location TBD. The above information is shared as an FYI to the membership of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Inc. Please visit the Virginia Office of EMS website for more details and copies of the quarterly reports. http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medicalservices/

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Waynesboro FAC Auxiliary Submitted by Historian Cece McCormick and Jill Stachowski Hello from Waynesboro. October was a slow month, we had Thursday night drill and breakfast for Friday morning’s drill. The auxiliary member’ birthdays were celebrated at Ruby Tuesdays. We did trunk or treat with the crew members at a local school and we passed out candy. We did a catering event for a local church for their 70th anniversary. We prepared and served 150 people. In November, we had another Papa trawl breakfast and had a great turnout with 125 parents and children attending. We attended our Western District meeting at the Stanton Augusta Rescue Squad. We have three Waynesboro auxiliary members holding three district offices great job. Our Auxiliary gave their annual crew and family Thanksgiving dinner with over 100 attending. A very good time was had by all. December was a busier month. Some of our auxiliary members road in the Waynesboro Christmas parade. We had a Christmas card signing party at Springdale where the auxiliary donated all of the cards. We catered the Virginia Animal Control luncheon. The crew gave us our Christmas dinner and we had a Christmas party for all the children with Santa. We prepared a luncheon for the Waynesboro Newcomers Group. Boy was that a busy week. To end 2018, we had our annual New Year's Eve party at the building Happy New Year to everyone. Can't wait to see you all in 2019.

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OBITUARY: Johnny Swaine Skeen Sr., 86, of Cleveland, Va., passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on December 19, 1932, in the Hurricane Fork section of Dumps Creek, Russell Co, Va., he was the son of the late Stafford and Cora Skeens. A 1952 graduate of Cleveland High School and a veteran of the Korean Conflict, he proudly served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1961. He was a member of Cleveland Baptist Church and of the William Birchfield Lodge #294 of Cleveland. Johnny was a charter member of Lebanon and Cleveland Rescue and a life member and Captain of Cleveland Lifesaving Crew. He retired from the Appalachian Power Company with 38 years of service at the plant in Carbo, Va. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one infant brother; brother, Wilson Clifford Skeens; sisters, Vivian Johnston and Ettis Back; brothers-in-law, Athenis Tiller, Kenneth Stevens, Eddie Back, Nash Johnston, and Donald Turner. Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Maxie Tiller Skeen; sons, Swaine Skeen (Patricia) and Bryant Skeen (Christina); daughter, Carla Adkins (Fred); grandchildren, Kari Beasley (Ben), Heather Skeen-Brennan (Ross), Aaron Adkins (Kayla), Phillip Adkins (Nicole), Hope Skeen, Ethan Skeen, Emma Skeen, and Christopher Skeen; great grandchildren, Troy Adkins, Sullivan Brennan, Reid Adkins, and Lucy Beasley; sisters, Donna Carter (Don), Mary Conner (Thomas), Cara Bell Musick (Kermit), Jean Turner, Sue Phillips (Clitis); brother, Guy Skeens (Linda); sisters-in-law, Geneva Skeens, Theresa Wilson (Don), Larnell Stevens, Frances Conner (Gene), Cloteen McReynolds (Ballard), brother-in-law, T.C. Tiller and a host of nieces and nephews. Family and members of the Cleveland Lifesaving Crew served as pallbearers for the funeral services held at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Owens Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Larry Stinson officiating. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon with military graveside rites conducted by the Lebanon VFW Post #9864. In lieu of flowers memorial donations were made to the Cleveland Junior Lifesaving Crew, P.O. Box 129, Cleveland, Va., 24225. Official

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A Salute to Johnny S. Skeen Submitted by Gary Dalton, Editor

The very first time I had the opportunity to meet Johnny and Maxie Skeen I immediately became aware they were extraordinary people. Their downhome hospitality was immediately evident and I knew I had friends for life. In 2012 Johnny was awarded the Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Administrator. His award read: Johnny has dedicated more than 50 years of service to EMS and he was a charter member of the Russell County Rescue Squad. He’s spent the last 20 years serving as captain for Cleveland Lifesaving Crew. His administrative experience enabled his rescue squad to maintain 24/7 coverage on a strictly volunteer basis while finding alternative sources of funding for rescue equipment. He’s highly regarded by his colleagues, students and community because he leads by example, teaches compassion and respect in the field and visits local schools to provide EMS education. He’s a provider in Russell County and actively runs EMS calls. He’s an EMT-Enhanced and also holds certifications in EVOC and extrication. He was one of the region’s initial First Aid and CPR instructors and actively attends continuing education classes. His level of expertise and leadership is noted on a local and regional as evidenced by the various boards and committees he’s participated on. Johnny’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I would guess that there is no way to tell how many rescue squads calls Johnny and Maxie have responded too of the past 50-55 years but you can rest assured his service to the community is well known by the community and his death leaves a void that will be difficult to fill. In November of 2017 Maxie Skeen was recognized as the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding EMS Provider (see article on page 12 of this issue of VIRGINIA LIFELINE). A well deserved recognition to a lady that was awarded Life Membership in 1989 to the Auxiliary of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads for her service as AVAVRS Chaplain and Southwestern District Vice President. Maxie, we salute you and honor Johnny’s life. Thank you for sharing Johnny with the community. May God Bless You and Your Family and hold Johnny in his hands until you are together again.

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LifeCare Medical Transports Honors Two Employees with First Ever “Honorable Service Award”

Pictured Left to Right: Sergeant Douglas Smith, Vice President Strategic Support and Development Joey King, President & CEO Kevin Dillard, and Vice President Dan Wildman. On September 21, 2018 two LifeCare employees, Sergeant Douglas Smith and Josh Wilson, were traveling during their shift from LifeCare’s Martinsville station. Suddenly, a vehicle from the other lane traveled into their lane of traffic striking their ambulance. Although injured from the collision, Sergeant Smith and Mr. Wilson were able to extricate themselves through the passenger side window. Once out of their vehicle, both providers rushed over to the other vehicle and began treatment to the driver.

During the Employee Luncheon on November 14, LifeCare honored both Sergeant Smith and Mr. Wilson for their heroic actions on that September night. President and CEO Kevin Dillard presented Sergeant Smith with LifeCare’s first ever “Honorable Service Award”. The award states, “In honor and recognition of your commitment to Emergency Medical Services in the face of extraordinary circumstances and your heroic actions on September 21, 2018” Mr. Wilson was unable to attend the ceremony. Kevin Dillard, President and CEO of LifeCare Medical Transports stated, “As first responders we come to the aid of those involved unfortunately in motor vehicle collisions often. However, when it is you yourself, or your employees it really hits home. We are extremely proud of Sergeant Douglas Smith and Josh Wilson for how they handled themselves and even more grateful for their health and recovery”.

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Dear Rescue Ranger Dear Rescue Ranger, Most of my friends probably have not noticed but I am beginning to think I am getting older and it may start showing soon...any advice? Aging in Ashland Dear Shirley, These are somethings I have noticed: 

I changed my car horn to sounds. People seem to get out of the way much faster now.

Dear Rescue Ranger, The weirdest thing happened the other day. I went on a call for a man with injuries from a fall. Just before he lost consciousness, he kept insisting that his leg was talking to him. To be honest with you, I think he was telling the truth. Once during transport I heard a voice say, “lend me $5. The I heard a voice say “lend me $10. Just before we got to the hospital I heard the voice again and it said, lend me $20. I know it sounds weird, but the voice did come from the direction of his leg. What do you think was going on? Puzzled in Petersburg Dear Bubby, That is easy, his leg was broke! Dear Rescue Ranger, Sometimes I have trouble reading electronic patient care reports— just too many big words and vague descriptions of chief complaints, medical terminology, etc. Any suggestions? W. W. Dear Warren Winner, I remember a conversation we had many, many years ago—to the right and below are some of the examples we came up for a pictorial ePCR.

I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

I decided to stop calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Old age is coming at a really bad time.

When I was a child I thought “Nap Time” was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.

The biggest lie I tell myself is ”I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

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I don’t have gray hair; I have "wisdom highlights"! I’m just very wise.

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If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet.

Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just going to transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway?

Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice.

At my age “getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

Actually I'm not complaining because I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don’t have a curfew. I have a driver’s license and my own car. And I don’t have acne.

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