February 2019

We are pleased to announce that  Rescue Lines  is undergoing a makeover to make it more relevant than ever!   Rescue Lines will now be sent directly to your email on a monthly basis and will be expanded to include critical VBEMS updates.  On a quarterly basis, we will include stories from  Rescue Lines  in a downloadable PDF version which can be printed and shared or sent digitally to donors, family and friends. Printed copies of the quarterly version can be requested free of charge from EMS; contact VBEMS at RescueLines@vbrescuecouncil.org for guidelines, requests and further details. Every month,  Rescue Lines  will also feature a special offer or giveaway for rescue personnel, so be certain to open it. 

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Chris Daly was running errands last July 20 before heading out of town for a week.

He was wearing a bathing suit, a t-shirt and flip-flops.   
But as a 20-year paramedic for the Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad and a teacher of tactical medicine for government and military units, he was as prepared as anyone to respond to emergencies.
He found one that day.

30-year-old Mark Lovejoy was riding his motorcycle on General Booth Boulevard in Virginia Beach when an SUV appeared suddenly in his lane.

Unable to stop, the sailor plowed into the passenger side back door, crumpling to the ground, unconscious.

Stopped in the resulting traffic, Daly saw activity up ahead and jumped out.

The only uniformed people at the scene were some police recruits, none with medical training.
Lovejoy was in a fetal position, not breathing and hanging on for dear life. Daly turned him over, removed his helmet, and noticed broken legs, a collapsed lung and a bloated stomach, a sign of internal bleeding. He administered CPR. Lovejoy began to breathe.
While waiting for help, Daly, covered in blood himself, wet his own hand “to lube up an airway” and encouraged a physical therapist who happened to be nearby to hold Lovejoy’s head up.
 The clock was ticking, and Daly, who has treated gunshot victims, opioid addicts and stroke patients that did not survive, feared Mark Lovejoy would not either. 
His injuries were extensive. Collapsed lung; broken legs, femur, ribs and wrists; lacerated spleen and ruptured kidney; fractured vertebrae and traumatic brain injury.
Still Lovejoy was alive yet comatose when he reached Virginia Beach General, and still unresponsive two weeks later at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He finally awoke while being transported in late August to a VA treatment center in Richmond. “Where are we going?” he asked attendants.
it took four months of grueling rehab it turned out, away from his friends, work and his three-year-old son. “I missed so much including his first day in pre-school.” 
Maybe it was Mark Lovejoy’s own youth, strength or determination to return home, but he has made it almost all the way back.
There is no more motorcycle in his garage, and he can’t yet resume running, but except for short-term memory loss (and no recollection of the accident or what happened two weeks prior to it), Mark is on his feet and thanking his good fortune for Chris Daly.
 “The stars were aligned that day,” says Lovejoy, who grew up in Orlando and the day of the accident, unbeknownst to him at the time, had been notified of his acceptance into the Virginia Beach Police Academy.
Daly, who is the squad commander at Courthouse, says he rarely knows what happens to the people he delivers to the ER’s. “It’s probably my defense mechanism,” he says. But this time, through an acquaintance at his gym, he learned that Mark Lovejoy was home. And when he saw him in December, he was amazed. “I could hardly believe this was the same person who I had treated six months earlier.”

“Chris Daly was obviously the right guy at the right time at this accident scene because of his training, his take charge nature and his dedication to his fellow man,” says Jim Wood, a Virginia Beach Councilman whose wife Rebecca became a paramedic as a result of a traumatic incident involving their nine year old daughter, who is today well and married. “But we have a thousand men and women who either run rescue like Chris each month or provide administrative backup. They do it because they love to serve, not for money or glory.”
 As for Mark Lovejoy? He intends to enter that police academy soon, to give back to a community to whom he literally owes his life.
Mark and Chris are still in communication – Mark has met Chris’ family and they have spent time together – now friends as a result of this fateful meeting.   
Testimonials and letters from grateful neighbors
"I can't believe my daughter flipped the car 2 times, totaled it and landed right side up with enough sense to call 911. You were there in no time! You kept her safe and calm while preparing her to go to the hospital. This is where I met you. You were actually with her in her hospital room until I arrived and then stayed to discuss what happened and answer a million questions. My daughter turned out to be fine! Later she said, 'Mom, I am so impressed with how wonderful the rescue team was. They made me feel so safe. I can't believe the personal attention they gave me. they really cared!'. I am so grateful to live in Virginia Beach, knowing you are there - just in case!"

Deb Colvin
I was involved in a life-altering accident in July of 2014. Rescue Squad 5 of Virginia Beach saved my life that day. At the end of their shift, they came to the hospital to visit me and to personally introduce themselves to me one-by-one, each shaking my hand, as I was a miracle they not only saved, but were able to witness to live. I am forever grateful for their service, commitment, and for each and every one of them going beyond the call of duty that day by showing up at my bedside and expressing their genuine concern for how I was doing. I promised them that day, when I was better and able, I would visit with treats. I have never forgotten my promise. I wrote them a poem to honor them as the heroes they are and I had the opportunity to present it to them at the VBEMS Admin Office. I greatly appreciate my heroes from July of 2014.

– E. N. Kebort
Dear Rescue Squad Members,

I had a seizure at home and you came to my rescue via a 911 call from my partner. I tremble to think of what would have happened to me had you not been on "the job!" Although I continue to have similar incidents, I am in good medical hands.

I am sending profound thanks to you and your organization and enclose a small donation toward however it can best help.
My dad called 911 at the end of May because my mom was in cardiac arrest. The dispatcher talked him through CPR and the EMS team got there quick enough that you saved my mom’s life. We would love to say thank you.

– L. Abad
Sandbridge Fire and Rescue Brigade

When was your squad founded and can you tell me a little bit about the history?

In September 1974, Virginia Beach City Council approved $16,000 to build a temporary fire station at the intersection of Sandbridge and Sandpiper Roads. It was the culmination of an effort by a small group of Sandbridge residents to start a volunteer department in the growing beach community. A month later Sandbridge Fire and Rescue Brigade was incorporated with 15 fire and first aid trained charter members, including 5 women, a first for Virginia Beach.

Two years later, three paid firefighters began staffing the station during the day, while volunteers continued to provide emergency medical services and respond to fire calls overnight. Shortly thereafter, Sandbridge residents came together to fund a modest expansion of Sandbridge Station to provide bunkrooms for fire crews allowing for the 24/7 coverage by career firefighters that continues to this day.

During this time Sandbridge Rescue members operated off of pagers, responding from home to the station to pick up an ambulance. This continued until October 25, 2003 when the new and current Sandbridge Station 17 was dedicated and placed into service with facilities for both fire and rescue.

Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad responds to over 1000 emergency medical calls per year in Sandbridge and the surrounding Virginia Beach area for both basic and advanced life support. It is our goal to be staffed 24/7 365 days a year to provide timely, quality emergency medical care to our community. This pursuit would not be possible without the selfless dedication of our volunteer members and generous supporters.

What area is your squad’s first due?
Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad EMS coverage to the Sandbridge area of the City. We also serve portions of the county and Sandbridge Road area.

Who is your longest serving squad member?
Donald Koonce with over 41 year of service! 

What event does your squad attend or host that you’re most proud of?
Our Pig Pickin' is so much fun. It is held the Saturday after Labor Day each year. Also, we host bingo for 10 weeks of the summer months.

What is a fun fact about your squad? Any shark attack stories you can share?
Yes, We transported the 10 year old from Little Island to Virginia Beach General Hospital. We were on shark week with this. Two days after we transported another when he caught a shark on his fishing line and tried to remove it. He was much luckier than the 10 year old and survived.   

What color are your ambulances?
I would call it a “Beach” blue/green and white!  It is very pretty with a dolphin!

Do you have any ATV carts?  
We do have an ATV that we can use on the beach.
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