Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps gives out monthly Proud community award

Published on Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:23


PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC) member Heather Collins is the recipient of the monthly PVAC Proud community award for March, recognized for her work with junior members of the PVAC.

The award is presented monthly to individuals or organizations, nominated by the community, that go "above and beyond" to help the town.

"Heather was nominated for her dedication to PVAC, and more specifically, the guidance that she gives selflessly to PVAC's Junior Members," said PVAC Board President Bonnie Doughty-Jenkins.

PVAC Chief of Service Brandon Johndro said that Collins is a "great asset to the Corps."

"She is always ready to step in and help whenever she is needed," he said. "The work that she does with our Junior Members is amazing."

Doughty-Jenkins said that Heather Collins' husband, Mark Collins, who is captain of operations with the PVAC, was at the Board meeting where his wife was nominated and voted on as this month's recipient.

"He was able to keep the secret from her until the presentation was made," said Doughty Jenkins. "He stated, 'I am very proud of Heather. She works really hard to ensure the Junior Members have a positive experience.'"

Heather Collins was presented with her award by PVAC Board of Directors Vice President Cassie Jacobs as a surprise at a recent Junior Members meeting. Jacobs stated at the time that she was "very proud of Heather and honored to present her with her award."

The Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud award is named after Truman Gustafson, who was one of the founders of PVAC when it was established in 1968. The board of directors meets to decide the recipient from among nominees.

Thomaston Savings Bank was presented with February's PVAC Proud Award.

Doughty-Jenkins said anyone can nominate someone for this award.

"If there is a member, crew, etc. that you feel has gone 'above and beyond' or a citizen or business that has shown a spirit of assisting and helping the community, please contact myself or any Board of Directors member," she said. "I can be reached by writing to me in care of PVAC 191 Main St, Terryville, CT."

For more information on the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps, visit

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:23. Updated: Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:25.