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2018 Installation of Officers
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By Lieutenant Crystal Hoover
April 21, 2018

Year in Review

2018 Installation of Officers

February 10, 2018

This is our one time a year where we can hang up our turnout gear and celebrate our accomplishments together. We had a very busy year in 2017. We had our Voluntary Seal of Excellence Review this year, we hosted our very first IV Tech class as a station, started the Food Truck Corral over the summer, continued the Screen on the Green, participated in the Statewide Open House and on and on and on. There are so many events that the Rescue Squad and the Auxiliary pull off each year while still hustling to being able to staff ambulances and provide pre-hospital emergency care to the community.

2017 Statistics

We went on 2523 calls in 2017

This is the most calls we have been dispatched on in the past 10 years. This showed us that our call volume is increasing, however our DNR (did not respond) rate is still decreasing.

We did 56,953 Volunteer Hours in 2017 which

Equates to $1,139,066 that Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad saved the county

We had 29 new members apply this year!

We had one member get their Emergency Medical Responder Certification (EMR). Thirteen members get their Emergency Medical Technician Certification (EMT). Nine members get their IV Tech Certifications (EMT-IVT). Fourteen members get their Emergency Vehicle Operator Certifications (EVOC), and one member move up to a Paramedic at the station.

We wouldn’t be able to help our community without the help we get from our surrounding squads, fire departments, and other organizations so we would like to say Thank you!

During our installation we gave Mutual Aid Awards to our surrounding departments as a Thank You.

Mutual Aid Awards were given out to:

Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, Dentsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Lexington Park Rescue Squad, Benedict Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Maryland State Police, Maryland State Police Aviation Division, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, St. Mary’s County Advanced Life Support Unit, and Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department


We undoubtedly have the hardest working Auxiliary in St. Marys County. They are always working to help raise money so that we have the equipment and supplies we need to take care of our community. Over the years from the card parties, yard sales, chicken dinners, raffles, Auctions, the picture drives, EVERYTHING. We are so grateful to have so many hardworking people to support us. The Auxiliary over the years has raised $1,487,000 for this rescue squad.

We would like to give a big thank you to our Auxiliary Members.
JR Brady, Pat Brady, Rita Buckler, Linda Cropper, Jim Downey, Vivian Downey, Brigid Dowling-Kenney, Marie Kurtz, Louise Morgan, Faith Roache, Linda Talton, Marjorie Williams, Michael Wood, Sue Wood and Brandi Willis.

Throughout the year it takes TEAM effort for the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad to function. We have over 50 members that volunteered above and beyond their time to help the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad run efficiently. These members volunteered on committees, made phone calls to fill the schedule, were Rapid Responders arriving first on the scene, recruited members, boosted morale, kept our squad building functioning, provided training and so many more things.

We would like to thank you for your extra hard work throughout 2017. Cristie Daymude, Dale Lacey, Pam Ferris, Carl Pyles, Scott Dorsey, Erin Burch, Ericka Wiehe (Hill), Kenny French, Faith Roache, Marie Kurtz, Ed Howell, Dana Monfort, Bryan Henry, Heather Russell, Joe Irvin, Diane Mangel, Nikki Simpson, Brigid Dowling-Kenney, Alyssa Dorsey, Kim Winterwerp, Jessica Breeden, Mark Murdock, Cody Sir, John Roache, Ronnie Talton, Joyce Downs, Crystal Hoover, Erin Burch, Heather Jacobs, Chris Ballowe, Kat Kimble, Nick Rawlings, James Cawley, Sue Lafon, Nick Harrison, Todd Rawlings, Jessica Vallandingham (Myers), Ryan Myers, Linda Talton, Kenny French, Tyler McAuley and Ashley LaQuay.


Being an Engineer is a thankless job. So thank you for changing light bulbs, putting air in the tire, changing the windshield wipers, fixing the clocks in the back, and the list goes on and on. However it is so important to have properly functioning apparatus to be able to respond to our community’s needs. Thank you for every trip to the mechanics, every phone call for a part, every meeting to do ambulance inspection. It did not go unnoticed! Thank You, Ryan Myers, Jay Bonner, Joe Irvin, Jeffrey Lytton, Justin Tucker, and Todd Rawlings.

We like to recognize our Top Ten Drivers as well as our Top Ten responders for 2017

Top Ten Drivers

10th Place Scott Dorsey 48 calls

9th Place Dana Montfort 49 calls

8th Place Nick Rawlings 51 calls

7th Place Marie Kurtz 55 calls

6th Place Sue Lafon 78 calls

5th Place Tyler McAuley 80 calls

5th Place Jeffrey Lytton 80 calls

4th Place Donnie Gloriod 136 calls

3rd Place Bryan Henry 245 calls

2nd Place Todd Rawlings 300 calls

1st Place Ronnie Talton 386 call


Top Ten Responders

10th Place Donnie Gloriord 156 calls

9th Place Alyssa Dorsey 184 calls

8th Place Ed Howell 189 calls

7th Place Dana Montfort 204 calls

6th Place McKenna Fischer 208 calls

5th Place Scott Dorsey 218 calls

4th Place Bryan Henry 289 calls

3th Place Todd Rawlings 376 calls

2nd Place Ronnie Talton 400 calls

1st Place Tyler McAuley 572 calls


At Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad we have a Cadet Membership. They are our future to our department. In 2017 we had some eager young members that joined our family, they are our members in training, our cadets. These kids are 14-16 years old. They have been involved in recruitment, training, fundraising, card parties, anything they can participate in they will. Thank you for all the support. (Cameron Armstrong, Dougie Hoover and Gabby Wardle)

Our Cadet of the year in 2017 was Dougie Hoover

He has always been passionate about becoming the Chief of this department. When he joined the cadets his motivation and communication got the cadets involved more around the department.


Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the year is voted on by the officers, and is chosen from a pool of all the new members that joined during the year, all 29 new members.

This person was off and running the day they joined. Signing up for classes, duties, training and wanting to help with everything. We are lucky he doesn’t work during the winter months, because you will typically see him around the squad trying to drive for someone. Rookie of the Year for 2017 went to: Justin Tucker

Chief’s Award

It is always a hard decision to make when you have 160 exceptional members. That all bust their butt for this department out of the kindness of their heart. This past year I focused on growing this squad. That means we need more EMT’s, multi functional members who can drive and CC, Paramedics. This person has gone out of his way to help with that goal. He has held study sessions with members in class, he has purchased online study classes for the students to help them. He has also taken some of our less confident members and helped them through our internal training to get them on the street. This member also has started Paramedic training in the County even though he is already a nurse. Thank you for all your help. Chiefs award went to Ed Howell


Chief Aide

The Chief had two Aides in 2017. These Aides were a big help by sending emails, filing, copying papers, fixing schedules, updating the calendar in the radio room and taking a lot off the Chiefs plate so she could focus on other things. Thank You Alyssa Dorsey and Bryan Henry for hanging in there and not complaining when the Chief asked you to do something.

2017 Officers

Jessica Vallandingham-Myers (Chief),Faith Roache (Assistant Chief), Heather Russell (Captain), Catie Bonner (1st Lieutenant), Crystal Hoover (2nd Lieutenant), Cristie Daymude (3rd Lieutenant) and Dale Lacey (Sergeant)

Letter from the Chief to her officers

“You were my Support System . I remember our first officers meeting this year when it was over you all had goals and visions you wanted to achieve for the rescue squad. I knew that 2017 was going to be amazing, I just had no idea how amazing. We learned to work so well with each other, give and take, no matter what we had each other’s back, in decision making, discipline everything. I am so impressed in how each one of you grew over the year and all of the lessons we have learned together. Thank you ladies and Dale from the bottom of my heart for the late night calls to vent, to cry, a glass of wine, our night out officers meeting and our coffee addictions.”

Now that 2017 has come and gone we would like to welcome 2018 with New Members and New Memories. Welcome to the Family!!

2018 Operational officers

Jessica Vallandingham (Chief), Faith Roache (Assistant Chief), Cristie Daymude (Captain) Michele Estep (1st Lieutenant), Crystal Hoover (2nd Lieutenant), Scott Dorsey (3rd Lieutenant) and Valencia Powell (Sergeant)

•View captions under pictures for more recognition.

2018 Administrative Officers: (Left to Right)
Jimmy Breeden, Kathy (Klee) Suite, Diane Mangel, Sue Lafon, Linda Talton, Heather Jacobs, Mark Murdock and Jay Bonner
2018 Administrative Officers: (Left to Right) Jimmy Breeden, Kathy (Klee) Suite, Diane Mangel, Sue Lafon, Linda Talton, Heather Jacobs, Mark Murdock and Jay Bonner
 
2018 Board of Directors: (Left to Right)
Jimmy Breeden, Kathy (Klee) Suite, Jessica Vallandingham-Myers, Ryan Myers, Scott Dorsey, Joe Irvin, Ed Howell and Dr. John Roache.
2018 Board of Directors: (Left to Right) Jimmy Breeden, Kathy (Klee) Suite, Jessica Vallandingham-Myers, Ryan Myers, Scott Dorsey, Joe Irvin, Ed Howell and Dr. John Roache.
 
2018 Officers: (Left to Right) 
Jessica Vallandingham-Myers, Faith Roache, Cristie Daymude, Michele Estep, Crystal Hoover, Scott Dorsey, Valencia Powell.
2018 Officers: (Left to Right) Jessica Vallandingham-Myers, Faith Roache, Cristie Daymude, Michele Estep, Crystal Hoover, Scott Dorsey, Valencia Powell.
 
Auxiliary Members
Auxiliary Members
 
2018 Administrative Officers taking oath.
2018 Administrative Officers taking oath.
 
2018 Board of Directors taking Oath
2018 Board of Directors taking Oath
 
2018 Operational Officers taking oath
2018 Operational Officers taking oath
 
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Auxiliary Members taking oath
Auxiliary Members taking oath
 
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Dr. John Roache
Dr. John Roache
 
2018 Rescue Squad Association taking Oath
2018 Rescue Squad Association taking Oath
 
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Presidents award
Presidents award
 
Mutual Aid Awards
Mutual Aid Awards
 
Mutual Aid Awards
Mutual Aid Awards
 
Mutual Aid Awards
Mutual Aid Awards
 
Mutual Aid Awards
Mutual Aid Awards
 
We couldn't do what we do without the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department. Heather Russell awarding MVFD-Reid Colomo with their mutual aid award.
We couldn't do what we do without the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department. Heather Russell awarding MVFD-Reid Colomo with their mutual aid award.
 
All the members that helped on committees and put in an 110% to kick the business running.
All the members that helped on committees and put in an 110% to kick the business running.
 
Engineers
Engineers
 
Top Drivers
Top Drivers
 
Top Runners
Top Runners
 
Cadet of the year award
Cadet of the year award
 
Rookie of the year.
Rookie of the year.
 
Chiefs Award
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Chiefs Aides
Chiefs Aides
 
2017 Officers
2017 Officers
 
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Gift to the Chief from the 2017 officers
Gift to the Chief from the 2017 officers
 
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Auxiliary Awards
Auxiliary Awards
 
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Auxiliary Awards
Auxiliary Awards
 
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Money raised for MVRS from the Auxiliary
Money raised for MVRS from the Auxiliary
 
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