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Heroes in the making

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 9:58 am

With an award dinner hosted by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad celebrated its junior members on Sunday, March 17. The potluck meal was organized by the Senior Squad members.

Denise Weaver headed the evening up by speaking on how useful the junior squad is to the community. Children and teenagers from ages 8 to 16 are eligible to be members of the group. At age 15 and six months a junior member can apply to become a full fledged senior member. At 16, if they are deemed ready, they can begin taking calls with the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.

While it is overall a relatively young group right now, the junior squad meets every Sunday and learns skills from the senior squad, such as first aid basics and things they will need in the future as members.

All junior squad members were presented with first aid books, a certificate of appreciation and their own stethoscope.

The juniors are currently collecting mascara wands for wildlife conservation needs and gently used shoes for the Shoes for Souls program. Items can be dropped off at the Squad building in Colonial Beach.

Weaver is working on future field trips for the junior members to help them learn more about working with the senior squad.

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Front row, left to right-  Shiann Shelton, Brandon Oliver, Dante Dirolf, Logan Wenninger.

Second Row- Viktoria Brown, Jordyn Danchak, George “JJ” Oliver, Kirsten Straughan, Denise Weaver.

Back Row- Joey Straughan, Pat Fitzgerald, Amber Straughan, Kaitlyn Wenninger, Joseph Shelton, Kendall Wenninger, Donna Shelar.