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.
The Staff at Virginia