The Western Albemarle Rescue Squad held its annual awards dinner at King Family Vineyard Jan. 28 and conferred the Frances Henry Award, its top honor, on Kelsey Mietla.
WARS President Bill Wood asked the crowd of WARS EMTs, board members and guests to pause in silent honor of Frances Henry, a legendary life member of the squad who died last year.
“We want to acknowledge the sacrifice she made in the thousands of hours she gave,” Wood said. “She gave her heart and soul to Western Rescue.” A slide show of Henry and a tribute song were put up on a screen for the volunteers to reminisce with. “Be grateful for what others do, and have done, for us,” said Wood.
“She’s here all the time,” he marveled about Mietla. “She pretty much dedicates her weekends to the squad. It’s a tremendous effort. It’s a lot to give. She’s also trained to be an ALS, which is a higher rating of EMT.”
David Booth was named Rookie of the Year and Member of the Year went to Travis Mitchell. He also does EMT instruction.
Kostas Alibertis announced that his Chief’s Award went to Stacey Hosenfeld.
The President’s Award, which included a very large jar of puffed cheese balls, went to Marian Lawson. “We love you!” Wood declared.
The contributions of Heather McManamay, Nick Barrell, Michael Walton and Vicky McCue were recognized with their designation as WARS life members.
Melanie Welcher organized the event, dinner and dance.