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A Heartfelt Thanks …

by Admin 29. April 2014 10:45

By Adrian Stantion, Virginia Hospital Center 

A Heartfelt Thanks … to our brethren within the Arlington public safety departments – Police, Fire/EMS, Sheriff and Emergency Management – that represent the true front line of emergency care.  The quick and decisive actions of these first responders have an enormous impact on our ability to save lives and perform medical miracles.  

Teamwork and speed are critical when dealing with medical emergencies, and we are thankful that Arlington has such capable and committed public safety personnel who not only perform their duties at an exceptional level, but go above and beyond to show they care. Sponsoring the Valor Awards affords us an opportunity to honor and recognize the selfless dedication embodied by these extraordinary first responders.  They represent our teammates in the field who are integral in our ability to provide exceptional care to our patients.   

On April 16, we honored these valiant men and women who work tirelessly to keep Arlington safe. We heard many testimonies of incredible strength, bravery and dedication.

Sergeant Kevin Pope received a Meritorious Service Award for his thirty-three years of service at the sheriff’s office, which is currently more years of service than any other full time employee with the sheriff’s office.

Lieutenant Heather Hurlock also received a Meritorious Service Award for her seventeen years of exceptional and overwhelming volunteerism and continuing community service in the Auxiliary Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division. As a Crime Prevention Specialist, Heather provides citizens with information concerning personal safety and the security of their property.  Some of her accomplishments include creating a website for Bicycle registration and a website of photographs of recovered bicycles, becoming a certified Child Safety Seat Technician, helping to ensure that all auxiliary officers meet minimum training standards. Since 1997 when she started in the Auxiliary Unit, she has volunteered over 30,000 hours! 

ECTs Rachel Moreno and Heather Horan were presented life-saving awards for their quick and life-saving guidance that helped a woman from perishing in a fire.

Deputy Andrew Woodrow received a life-saving award for his calm demeanor and swift actions that saved the life of a person who made a spontaneous decision that could have ended in tragedy.  These are just a few examples of the exemplified extraordinary heroic actions of Arlington County Public Safety personnel.  

From the entire team at Virginia Hospital Center, a heartfelt thanks to our first responder heroes in the Arlington County Police and Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Management.

Sincerely,

The Staff at Virginia Hospital Center

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