PLYMOUTH – Volunteer EMT Abby Leander has been presented with the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ “PVAC Proud” award this June. The award honors those who go “above and beyond” to help their community.
Leander was nominated by PVAC Chief of Service Brandon Johndro and Assistant Chief Norm Whitehurst and approved by the PVAC Board of Directors.
Whitehurst said Leander is “always willing to help out when needed” and “has a smile for everyone she meets.
“Abby came to us shortly after high school,” Whitehurst said. “Her dream is to become a physician's assistant and she wanted to hone her skills as an EMT. Since that time, she has proven herself to be the person anyone would want to be in charge of their care.”
Whitehurst went on to say, despite “brutally long hours of schooling,” Leander “never left behind her obligation” volunteering as an EMT.
“She was recognized as a Field Training Officer due to her ability to pass on her skills to incoming EMTs,” he added. “As one of the youngest members of Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps, she is the future of the EMS community."
PVAC Board President Bonnie Doughty-Jenkins also offered Leander her congratulations. She said the award was “well deserved” thanks to Leander’s hard work.
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.
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."
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.