At its annual banquet on January 5, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad (CBVRS) celebrated the new year with installation of 2013 officers, presentation of many awards to honor individuals and organizations in the community, and the announcement of a new home for the squad.
• Assistant Chief Pat Fitzgerald won the organization’s highest honor, EMS of the Year. Fitzgerald is well-known throughout the Colonial Beach region for her community service involvement and her tireless support of emergency rescue volunteers. She was the organization’s Top Call Runner in 2012 with over 600 calls made out of 1,181.
• The Eugenia Urbank Award, presented to one or more citizens who help in a lifesaving emergency, was presented to Taylor Pitts and Steven King. King is a member and Pitts is a former member of Colonial Beach Fire Department.
• The BLS Provider of the Year Award went to Randy Brandy.
• The Administrative Officer of the Year Award went to Val Ivanyshyn.
• The Operations Officer of the Year Award went to Mike Nance Sr. and Danny Stinson
The new Operational Officers, who were sworn in by Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Hamm, are:
• Chief Wesley Melson
• Assistant Chief Pat FitzGerald
• Lt. Robert Rivenbark
• Lt. Mike Nance
• Lt. Alexandra “Alex” Nance
• Lt. Danny Stinson
Community Awards were presented to:
• Trinity Builders
• William and Jay Hall
• Ricky Little
• Colonial Beach Yacht Club
• Colonial Beach Police Department
• Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department
• Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Support Team
The organization also unveiled photos and plans for its move to a new 6,000 square-foot facility in Colonial Beach sometime in 2013. The current location at 225 Dennison Street has flooded several times, most recently during Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. “We will be providing information soon about our fundraising goals to refit and renovate the building as the new home of Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad,” said Chief Wesley Melson. “This represents an exciting new chapter in our organization’s future.”
Since 1950, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad has served the Town of Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County. Currently, the organization has over 30 all-volunteer personnel that operate five ambulances covering 240 square miles and a 22-foot rescue boat covering the Virginia waters around the area. For more information, visit www.cbrescue.com.