Awards were presented to outstanding fire and rescue workers Thursday at the annual Fire and Rescue Services Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Loudoun County Volunteer Retention and Recruitment Committee of the Fire and Rescue Commission. Recipients are as follows:
The Clark J. Deener Memorial Award, sponsored by the Loudoun County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council and given to an emergency medical service member for significant contributions to the development of emergency medical services in Loudoun: Patricia W. Russell of the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad in Leesburg. Russell teaches basic and advanced life support training courses countywide and at her volunteer company; helps train parents to install child safety seats; and has served as chair of the Loudoun County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council and on many committees, including the Advanced Life Support Committee. She has been president, assistant chief and member of the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad and was recently honored by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as the Outstanding Public Safety Volunteer for 2004.
John C. Carr Jr. Memorial Award, sponsored by the Loudoun County Fire Advisory Council and given to firefighters with at least five years' experience who have an outstanding record in countywide service: Dickie Costello, president of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, and Mickey Buchanan, chief of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company. Costello was recognized for his long service to his company and the fire-rescue system. He served on numerous committees that worked to establish standards for training and response practices; was a member and leader of the old Fire-Rescue Association, the Fire Advisory Council, and the Fire and Rescue Commission; and was chief of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company for more than 20 years. Buchanan, who works for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, serves on the Loudoun County Fire Advisory Council and many committees to improve the fire service in Loudoun. He has been chief for the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company numerous times.
The Loudoun County EMS Council presented several Instructor Awards:
* Barbara Murphy, of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, received the Basic Life Support Instructor Award for her exceptional service in the coordination and instruction in first responder, EMT-basic, CPR and other training programs. She is also active in public education programs.
* Daniel Neal, of the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, received the Advanced Life Support Instructor Award for consistently meeting the Advanced Life Support educational needs of system members.
* Joshua W. Cooper, of the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, received the Fire Instructor Award for his five-year assignment to the training division, where he has improved the basic and advanced life support training programs.
The Fire and EMS Hall of Fame Award was presented to five volunteers:
* Donald A. Sabella, medical director for the Loudoun County EMS Council and its 19 member agencies for more than 20 years
* Leo C. Kelly, who has held numerous leadership positions with the Sterling Rescue Company and became a life member in 1982. Kelly was instrumental in the development of the advanced life support policies and protocol for advanced life support technicians in the county. Kelly also served on the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Commission for years.
* Harry Wynkoop, who was chief of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company for three years and president for eight. Wynkoop also served on the Loudoun County Fire Association and in the newly formed Fire Marshal's Office to develop strategies to ensure an equitable method of financing operations and the reimbursements to the volunteer companies.
* Ross Peacemaker, chief and president of the Arcola Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Company for many year and who served on the fire association and various committees. He also worked to improve the method of financial reimbursements to the volunteer companies.
* Charles Waddell, a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 1968 to 1973, was active in promoting the efforts of the fire and rescue system and fought for financial assistance for all the volunteer companies. Waddell is an honorary member of several volunteer fire and rescue companies in Loudoun. While serving as a state senator, Waddell was instrumental in getting the Heart Lung bill and the Volunteer Fire-Rescue Retirement System bill enacted.
Length-of-service awards were presented to 152 members of the fire-rescue system.
* For 25 Years of Service:
Thomas L. Swain, Purcellville Volunteer Fire Co. # 2;
Paul E. Holsinger, Jr., Middleburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. # 3;
Demos N. Georganas, Hamilton Volunteer Fire Co. # 5;
Donald G. Larson, Philomont Volunteer Fire Co. # 8;
Calvin A. Neal, Arcola Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. # 9;
Robert L. Sowers, Lucketts Volunteer Fire Co. # 10;
Charles A. Payne, Neersville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. # 16;
* For 30 Years of Service
Buddy S. Colby, Purcellville Volunteer Fire Co. # 2;
Allen C. Colby, Purcellville Volunteer Fire Co. # 2;
Melvin L. Byrne, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. # 6;
Martin P. Mullen, Lucketts Volunteer Fire Co. # 10;
Robert L Watts, Sterling Volunteer Fire Co. # 11;
Leo C. Kelly, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Co. # 15;
* For 35 Years of Service:
John W. Pumphrey, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. # 1;
Thomas W. Downs, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. # 1;
James J. Hobbie, Lucketts Volunteer Fire Co. # 10;
* For 40 Years of Service:
James P. Goss, Lucketts Volunteer Fire Co. # 10;
For 50 Years of Service:
William K. Brower, Purcellville Volunteer Fire Co. # 2 (posthumous).
Emi Leonard, a student at Loudon County High School, is the 2004 state winner of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition, the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.
Leonard, selected for her project, "Alzheimer's Disease: The Effect of pH and Exposure Time on the Copper Content of Drinking Water Delivered in Copper Pipes," will represent Virginia at the national competition in Denver from June 10 though 12. The U.S. winner will receive $2,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm for the international competition.
The recipients of the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board's 2004 Student Volunteer Scholarship recipients are:
Lisa Robinson, Broad Run High School;
Micah Willard, Home School;
Bradley Cypher, Loudoun County High School;
Patrick Godfrey, Loudoun Valley High School;
Richard Hang, Park View High School;
Joseph Boukhira, Potomac View High School;
Joshua Burnheimer, Stone Bridge High School;
Alexandra Shin, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
The $500 scholarships are funded by donations from Loudoun County businesses, civic groups and individuals and are awarded for volunteer service to the community.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD