February 27, 2014
Hello Mechanicsville, how is the world treating you? I sincerely hope you’ve had more good days than bad during the past week. It’s been a busy week on our home front. Our much-loved daughter, Kim, came in from Florida, without her family this time. We turned our small abode into an “Academy Awards” themed wedding shower for my niece, Robin, from D.C. It’s been lots of fun.
Earlier this year I asked people to write in about their passions or volunteer opportunities. I’m so glad Tina Currie took the time to share her experiences with us.
Tina joined East Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad (EHVRS) in December, 1990 after a family member was injured and taken to MCV by ambulance. Her intent was to be a dispatcher (answer phone), but after completing an application and interview, she was asked about becoming a riding member of a rescue crew. She took the required classes and became a state certified EMT Advanced Life Support member. Over the years she has cared for numerous sick or injured adults and children in our community, many whom she knew personally. Tina says “I have seen the patient later in the grocery store, restaurant, school, etc., and gotten a big ‘thank you.’ It is very satisfying to me to see the sigh of relief on a patient or family member’s face when we arrive on scene.” Tina, a newly retired nurse, likes the element of surprise in emergency medicine and the satisfaction of being able to comfort someone who has had an unexpected event.
She was voted Volunteer of Year 2000 for EHVRS and also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, Washington, D.C. in 2008. Tina is also a volunteer member of the Chickahominy Medical Reserve Corps, which covers four counties. This organization participates in large-scale events throughout Hanover, Goochland, New Kent and Charles City.
Last week I wrote about Linda Southward, a Mechanicsville lady whose passion is being coordinator of “Web of Hope” through the Red Cross. Somehow I gave you an incorrect phone number. The correct phone number to reach Linda is – home (804) 779-3453; cell (804) 241-9896. Her group would welcome donations of gently used blankets or quilts, yarn and additional volunteers to knit or help deliver quilts and blankets to the Red Cross offices.
I hope you’ll share your experiences with us by calling (804) 746-9142 or emailing email@example.com. We need your news, too. Did you take a vacation? Have a birthday or get a new job. All news is good news for this column. Have a great week!