Awards & Recognition

Campbell County EMS Providers Recognized With Blue Ridge Emergency Medical Services’ (BREMS) Council Awards
Two Campbell County Department of Public Safety staff members and a Campbell County Rescue Squad member were recipients of the 2015 Blue Ridge Emergency Medical Services’ (BREMS) Council Awards, which were presented on June 18, 2015, at the BREMS annual awards banquet. Training Capt. Frank E. Smith was presented with the Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator Award, and Capt. Justin Kidd was recognized with the Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider Award. Nathaniel Paxton, a Campbell County Rescue Squad volunteer, was the recipient of the 2015 Linda Boon Educational Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to EMS by a high school senior. This is the first BREMS award for each.
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Smith, who has been in EMS service since 1998, began his career in Campbell County in 2005 and currently coordinates the department’s EMS training for staff and volunteers. In 2014 he, with support from Kidd, was instrumental in launching the county’s first EMT certification course through CVCC, which recruited and developed new EMS service providers for the region. In addition, Smith leads an internal, employee-driven Infrastructure and Innovation Team for the Campbell County organization. He also volunteers with the Appomattox Rescue Squad.

Kidd has worked within the Public Safety Department since 2010 and has served in the EMS and fire fields for 14 years, including volunteering with the Rustburg Fire Department for 13 years. With a focus on advanced life support, Kidd manages the overall EMS system and patient care to ensure prompt response times and that appropriate levels of medical treatment are rendered.

Paxton, a recent graduate of the Brookville High School and EMS volunteer, is pursuing a degree in nursing at Lynchburg College in addition to his community service in the EMS field. His future goals are to be certified as an RN as well as continued training toward becoming a flight medic.

“I can’t express how proud and honored I am to serve with such outstanding staff and volunteers,” said Campbell County Public Safety Director Tracy Fairchild. “We’re very pleased that our local EMS team members have been recognized with these awards as they represent our collective commitment to exceptional care and quality emergency medical services to the citizens of our area.”

“These are well deserved awards and it is with great pleasure I congratulate them on their achievement. The awards appropriately reflect the endless hours they have spent educating, training, and providing exceptional pre-hospital care,” said Deputy Director – EMS Michelle Turner. “I appreciate their hard work and dedication to Campbell County, and I know this is just the start of many more successes to come for them.”

BREMS awards are announced each June at a recognition banquet and reflect outstanding emergency medical services provided over the previous year. As part of the Governor’s Awards program, acknowledgments are administered by the Office of EMS, in cooperation with Virginia’s 11 Regional EMS Councils. Each Regional EMS Council conducts the awards program in their respective community, holds an awards ceremony and publicizes the winners, bringing much needed recognition to Virginia’s EMS providers and agencies.

The regional winners are then submitted to the Governor’s EMS Awards Selection Committee, which reviews the nominations and forwards its recommendations for the Awards winners to the Governor’s office. The Governor’s EMS Awards recipients will be announced in November at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

Campbell County Public Safety Department Receives American Heart Association Award
The Campbell County Public Safety Department has received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for excellence and timeliness in treating heart-related emergencies. It was one of four agencies in the state to receive the award.

The award recognizes referring hospitals, receiving hospitals, and emergency medical service (EMS) agencies for their success in using the American Heart Association’s guidelines to improve quality of care for patients experiencing a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest form of heart attack. Campbell County’s award reflects service rendered in 2014.

“We are honored to receive this award as it recognizes our EMS responders’ ongoing dedication to excellence and their impact toward saving lives,” expressed Tracy Fairchild, Director of Public Safety. “They continually strive to offer the best emergency response possible for Campbell County citizens. I am extremely proud of their efforts and their outstanding service to our community.”

Bruce Stratton Receives Life Membership in The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads
In October of 2013, Bruce Stratton, Captain of the Concord Rescue Squad, received Life Membership in the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS). This is the highest honor bestowed to an individual for outstanding service to the Association, signifying their dedication to the community. Recipients are presented with a silver VAVRS Life Member badge and a certificate recognizing their accomplishments.

We congratulate Captain Stratton, on receiving this honor, and thank him for his duty to the citizens of the locality.
Bruce Stratton Captain