William R. Mook of Sterling, a major in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has received the Alpha Zeta Outstanding Senior Award. The award is presented to a senior in each department in the college for scholarship, character and leadership.
Several Leesburg police employees were recognized May 24 at the annual Town of Leesburg Public Service Recognition Awards program.
Fifteen years of service: Det. William Potter. Ten years: Sgt. Carl Maupin. Five years: Chief Joseph R. Price, Officers Nick Martin, Corey Smith, Michael Greene, J.D. Spurlock, Bob Thompson, Richard Thomas and Chris Tidmore, and communications technician June Westbrook.
Karen M. Deli, a paramedic and rescue chief of the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 12, received the Clark J. Deener Memorial Award from the Loudoun County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. The award is given to an emergency medical technician for significant contributions to the development of emergency medical services in Loudoun. Deli joined Company 12 in 1997 and has been involved in program design and development, quality assurance, problem solving and instruction. She is a Virginia-certified EMT instructor and a county advanced life support instructor, preceptor and mentor.
The award was presented May 19 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.
Others honored at the event at the Holiday Inn-Carradoc Hall in Leesburg were:
* Vincent R. Chirichella of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department, who received the Basic Life Support Instructor Award. In addition to his role in the EMT-Basic classes, recertification programs and evaluations, he has held classes in CPR education for system members and the public, has coordinated AED/Combitube classes, defibrillation programs for residents and public education programs for the Loudoun County Emergency Medical Service Council and the Loudoun County fire and rescue system.
* Michael K. Gammill of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad received the Advanced Life Support Instructor Award.
* Karl R. Hummer of the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue Services received the Fire Instructor Award for 2005. Hummer was instrumental in the development of the first Loudoun Firefighter Certification School.
The John C. Carr Jr. Memorial Award, sponsored by the Loudoun County Fire Advisory Council and awarded to firefighters with at least five years of service and an outstanding record in countywide service activities, went to James V. Cunningham of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Murrell Lee "M.L." Partlow of the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department.
Cunningham was a member of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for 111/2 years, worked in the Loudoun County fire marshal's office and has been a member of Round Hill fire and rescue for 17 years, five as chief. He served on the fire rescue commission from 1994 to 1996 and has been chairman of the fire council for three years. He has been a fire instructor at the training center for nearly 20 years.
Partlow joined the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department shortly after it was organized. He was active in the fire and rescue association and was one of the key organizers of the Aldie Carnival. He was fire chief from 1974 to 1979.
The Fire and EMS Hall of Fame Award was presented to Oliver R. Dube, Shirley M. Flippo, J. Terry Hirst (posthumously) and Peggy N. Smedley.
Dube came to Loudoun in 1970 as the county's first fire marshal and later served as the first director of the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
Flippo was a charter member of the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department and was its president for 21 years. He also served on the committee to establish the first central fire alarm center in Loudoun. As president of the firemen's association, he was instrumental in persuading the Board of Supervisors to approve the fire marshal's position and then chaired the selection committee that hired Dube.
Hirst, the first fire chief of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department, donated the land for the first firehouse. He was instrumental in acquiring the town's first water system, and the reservoir is dedicated to him. He was a member of the Purcellville Town Council, the Loudoun County School Board and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Smedley, an EMT and advanced life support provider, has been a member of the Loudoun County fire and rescue system since 1980 and is a member of the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to the above awards, length-of-service awards were presented to:
* 35 years: Terry A. Frye, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company 1, and William F. Rajca, Philomont Volunteer Fire Company 8.
* 30 years: Paul B. Roxenberg, Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company 2; Walton B. "Bruce" Eamich Jr., Ashburn Volunteer Fire Company 6; Milton A. Gulick, Aldie Volunteer Fire Company 7; James S. Lickey Jr., Philomont Volunteer Fire Company 8; and Randolph T. "Randy" Breton, Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Company 17.
* 25 years: Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Davis and Peggy N. Smedley, Middleburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 3; William J. "Jack" Frear, Round Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 4; James R. Bell, Aldie Volunteer Fire Company 7; Benjamin F. Hottel and Joseph R. Payne, Philomont Volunteer Fire Company 8; Byron F. Andrews III, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Company 15; and Linda S. Georganas, Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Company 17.
* 20 years: Rodney J. Frye and Lloyd M. Thacker, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company 1; Milton H. Olinger, Aldie Volunteer Fire Company 7; David W. Glidden, Lucketts Volunteer Fire Company 10; Michael K. Gammill and Herbert E. Rundgren III, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Company 15; and Mary C. Hoeltzel, Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Company 17.
Loudoun Volunteer Services selected Joshua Lee, a senior at Loudoun Valley High School, as student volunteer of the month.
Lee has been a member of the Leesburg Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol for three years. He has been trained in ground search and rescue, urban direction finding and flight line marshaling. He worked with a Leesburg United Methodist Church youth group to help feed the homeless in Washington and has assisted the Leesburg Lions Club with its computer programs. He is a member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, where he has averaged more than 300 hours of service each year.
Officers Travis Lotz and Matthew Hackney of the Leesburg Police Department were honored at the 14th Annual Awards for Excellence in Community Service and Public Safety on Monday. The event was sponsored by the Fairfax County chapter of the Virginia Alcohol and Safety Program and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Lotz was recognized for removing 36 impaired drivers from Leesburg roads in 2004. This is the second year he has received the award. Lotz joined the police department three years ago and is assigned to the patrol section of the operations division.
Hackney was recognized for removing 26 impaired drivers from Leesburg roads and administering 60 breath examinations in 2004. Hackney has been employed by the Leesburg Police Department for two years and is also assigned to the patrol section of the operations division.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD