WESTPORT, Conn. -- Twenty-two members of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service were presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award at Westport Police EMS Headquarters.
The awards recognize outstanding contributions in community service to the United States. They are presented by the Office of the President of the United States and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Three volunteers received the Lifetime Achievement Award: Martin B. Iselin, William E. Min and B. Christian Renne. Individually, each has served close to 6,000 hours as an EMS volunteer. WVEMS members span a variety of backgrounds and ages.
From 15 years old to 75 and older, they are chefs, real estate brokers, students, lawyers, stay at home parents, programmers, business owners, financial advisors, painters, retirees, engineers, etc. in their “other life.”
WVEMS volunteers, along with six town employees, staff Westport EMS ambulances to respond to approximately 2,400 911 emergency medical calls each year. They provide pre-hospital emergency medical care, logging in 20,000 volunteer hours each year.
Other aspects of WVEMS’s mission in the community are: purchasing ambulances and life saving equipment such as heart monitors; public education by providing CPR classes as well as Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Medical Responder courses; and running an Explorer Post for high school age volunteers.
“Arriving on the heels of National EMS week, these awards honor every day heroes, ready for emergencies right here in Westport,” said WVEMS President Yves Cantin.
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