Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps names PVAC Proud award winners

Published on Friday, 26 August 2022 13:09


PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps has named the July and August recipients of its PVAC Proud award, which honors a business or member of the community that goes "above and beyond" to help the town.

Bonnie Doughty-Jenkins, president of the PVAC Board of Directors, said that the July recipient of the award is Terryville Chevrolet. The award was presented to Terryville Chevrolet by PVAC Board of Directors member and Secretary Cindy Badenhop.

"The dealership was so excited to be presented with this award," said Badenhop, who is a past PVAC Proud award recipient.

Terryville Chevrolet was nominated by PVAC Chief of Service Brandon Johndro for their timely assistance with an ambulance repair.

"We needed an urgent repair on our Ambulance 111-1," said Johndro. "They worked on it right away to it back in service and ready to assist the citizens of Plymouth."

The PVAC Proud award recipient for August is PVAC Captain of Operations, Mark Collins.

"Mark spends countless hours at the PVAC headquarters keeping the vehicles and building in shape for all of the personnel," said Doughty-Jenkins. "I personally have been down there with him at 3 a.m. when there have been issues that need to be addressed. He is always looking out for the best interest of our membership."

Collins said that he was "very surprised" and "honored" to be presented with the award.

"I always do my best to keep the facility, equipment and vehicles in top shape for our personnel," he said.

Collins' wife and past award recipient Heather Collins was present when Mark was given the award by PVAC Assistant Chief Norm Whitehurst.

"He is always willing to go above and beyond for anyone," said Heather Collins.

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 monthly 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."

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 Friday, 26 August 2022 13:09. Updated: Friday, 26 August 2022 13:11.