On February 4, 2023, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad hosted its Celebration and Awards Banquet at the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, VA. This was our first banquet in three years, with the 2021 and 2022 events being cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.
The Banquet brought our members, families and friends together for an evening of reflection and celebration of a highly successful past year, where Sterling Rescue continued to provide responsive emergency medical services and rescue support to the Sterling community. In 2022, Sterling Rescue volunteer Paramedics, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, and Emergency Medical Technicians, supported by our dedicated administrative members, worked around the clock, staffing three rescue stations and responding to 8936 calls. Last year, Sterling Rescue members delivered 82,520 hours of emergency management services to the community.
During the formal portion of the banquet, President Jen Ferguson and Chief Kathy Harasek reflected on our achievements during 2022, presenting performance and years of service awards to operational and administrative members. We also welcomed three new Honorary Members for their decades of support to Sterling Rescue. Please see the Recognitions Page of this web site for the full details on the awards. The formal portion of the banquet concluded with the swearing in of our 2023 Officers by The Honorable Thomas Horne, retired Judge of the Loudoun County Circuit Court. After these events, the group enjoyed an evening of friendship, comraderie, music and dancing. It was a great evening, enjoyed by all.
Banquet attendees included Sterling Rescue members and guests. Guests included Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair at Large Phyllis Randall, Vice Chairman and Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines, Algonkian District Supervisor Juli Briskman, and Broad Run Supervisor Sylvia Glass. Guests from the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LCCFRS) included System Chief Keith Johnson, Assistant Chief Travis Preau, Operational Medical Director Dr. John Morgan, and Assistant Operational Medical Director Al Pacifico. We were also joined by the leadership of our sister agency, the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company (SVFC). We thank our elected officials, LCCFRS and SVFC leaders for attending and for their strong support of Sterling Rescue.
Emergency medical services never get a night off. We would like to thank our comrades in rescue, the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Round Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for covering our rescue shifts during the banquet, so that all of our members could enjoy the evening.
Want to join a great team and attend our next Banquet? Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad currently has openings for both operational and administrative volunteers. The operational volunteers serve as first responders, delivering emergency medical support to the community. The administrative volunteers perform a variety of support roles in areas such as recruiting, membership support, and business operations. No experience is required, and training is provided. See the Join section of this web site for more details on the requirements, expectations, and benefits. Come join us!