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Recognition where recognition is due

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 11:28 am

Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad celebrated their work in 2018 while preparing for the new year on Saturday at their annual awards and installation banquet at Riverboat on the Potomac.

Chief Joey Straughan, who is going into his third year as head of the organization, gave the 2018 Chief’s awards to two dedicated hard working members, Pat FitzGerald and Danny Stinson. Straughan spoke of the two saying, “They went above and beyond in so many ways during the year and both are very deserving of this award.”

Fitzgerald and Stinson were also two of the highest call award winners for 2018. The top five call givers included: Pat Fitzgerald with 596 calls, Danny Stinson with 247, Joey Straughan with 88, Donna Shelar with 62, and Luis Bermudez with 47. Fitzgerald has been the highest call runner since the early 1990s.  Even through her own illness and work Fitzgerald has been the most dedicated member of CBVRS.

Stinson is also an extremely dedicated member. He lives in Maryland, but spends his weekends in Colonial Beach to run with the rescue squad and help out the town.

CBVRS is one of the last remaining all volunteer squads in the state of Virginia. With more than 30 active members the squad is dedicated to saving lives and taking care of those in, and around Colonial Beach.

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Many members of the CBVRS received awards at Saturday’s banquet.