Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps names September's Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud Award recipient

Published on Monday, 28 September 2020 11:50


PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps has named Alyssa Britt the recipient of the September “Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud Award” for saving a life at a local group home.

Britt is an employee at the Harwinton Avenue Group Home. She was nominated by PVAC Membership Treasurer Brian Collins, who presented her with the award.

“She performed abdominal thrusts and saved a resident's life from choking," said Collins.

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, president of PVAC’s Board of Directors, said that since the award was established, more and more people are being nominated.

"The first month we only had 2 nominees and this month, we had 7," she said.

In July, PVAC honored PVAC Assistant Chief Norm Whitehurst and Hilltop Restaurant with the Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud Award. August's recipient was Plymouth Oil Service.

Given the fact that this month’s award recipient was able to save a life using CPR techniques, PVAC Board of Directors member Cassie Jacobs wishes to remind the community that PVAC has several instructors able to teach CPR, including new “hands-only” techniques.

Those who are interested in taking a CPR class, or 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.

The PVAC Board of Directors can also be reached at their new email address,

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Monday, 28 September 2020 11:50. Updated: Monday, 28 September 2020 11:52.