Latest Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance 'Proud Award' winner announced

Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 13:33


PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps announced the August recipient of the “Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud Award” is Plymouth Oil Service.

The “Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud Award” is awarded monthly to a PVAC member, board member, crew, citizen or business who goes “above and beyond” in service of their community. The award is named after Truman Gustafson, who was one of the founders of PVAC when it was established in 1968. The ambulance corps.’ board of directors met last week to make the selection for this month’s recipient.

Bonnie Doughty-Jenkins, vice president of the PVAC and president of PVAC’s Board of Directors, said Plymouth Oil Service has been locally owned and operated for 50 years and have often stepped up to help the community.

“They remain dedicated to the community and often support many local organizations,” she said. “Plymouth Oil was there to fuel our generator during the recent storm in a timely and friendly manner.”

PVAC assistant Chief, Norm Whitehurst, a past award recipient, said Plymouth Oil came through for them at a time when they were needed the most.

“The storm knocked out our power early, forcing us to rely on a generator,” he said. That generator not only powered our building, but provided electricity for citizens who needed power for their medical equipment.”

PVAC Chief Brandon Johndro said it is great to see a local company that is eager to help local first responders.

“Plymouth Oil came through with a quick response to meet not only the needs of PVAC, but more importantly the needs of the community,” he said.

Chet Scoville, president of Plymouth Oil Service, said he was glad to help the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

“The Ambulance Corps. is a vital and important service and I wouldn’t think twice about helping them out,” he said. “Volunteers are very important to our community and they are a group of real professionals.”

Scoville said he was surprised when he learned that Plymouth Oil Service received the award since, to him, what he did “wasn’t a big deal.”

“We got the call at 10 p.m. that night and I’d gone to bed,” he said. “Our own home had no power. But, I’m used to doing night calls. We’ve volunteered for a lot of things in the community; it’s no big deal. I would hope that anyone would do what they could to help out a group like the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps.”

In July, PVAC honored PVAC Assistant Chief Norm Whitehurst and Hilltop Restaurant with the Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud Award.

Those who would like to nominate a member, board member, citizen, business or crew for this monthly award can contact any PVAC Board member or write to PVAC Board of Directors President Bonnie-Marie Doughty-Jenkins in care of PVAC at 191 Main St, Terryville CT.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 13:33. Updated: Tuesday, 25 August 2020 13:36.