WVEMS: Westport’s Quiet Heroes

In normal times, Westport Volunteer EMS does not toot their own horn sound their own siren.

They’re not the type of organization to run flashy fundraisers, or host gala events. They’re simply there 24/7/365: responding to medical emergencies, staffing big events, offering EMT, CPR, Stop the Bleed and first aid classes — you know, serving the community.

Standing by, at a Levitt Pavilion concert.

Astonishingly, WVEMS also buys all the town vehicles — 3 ambulances and 2 support “fly cars” — as well as all equipment and supplies. That’s everything from stretchers for lifting patients automatically into the backs of ambulances and child immobilization devices, to band-aids and gauze pads.

If they help you, they’re happy to accept your contribution. But they’re not in your face about it.

Another day, another call for Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Serivce.

During the pandemic, they’ve been both more and less visible than ever. As an emergency medical service, they’ve gone above and beyond (while, of course, putting themselves on the front lines of exposure).

But with classes canceled — along with high visibility events like the Memorial Day parade, 4th of July fireworks, Minute Man road race, Maker Faire, Great Duck Race, touch-a-truck events, Levitt Pavilion concerts and Staples High School graduation — they are less in the public eye than usual.

Bottom line: Westport needs to help WVEMS’ bottom line. Click here to help. So they can continue to help all of us.

PS: Congratulations to this year’s WVEMS President’s Volunteer Service Award winners. A number of honorees stepped up this year to serve, when others could not because of the coronavirus.

Gold winners: Jamie Bairaktaris, Jenna Baumblatt,Ella Bayazit, Mike Burns, Yves Cantin, Deanna Hartog, Jonathan Huzil, Vig Kareddy, Larry Kleinman, Eliza Long, Annika Morgan, Christopher Muschett, Hillary O’Neill, Isabella Sperry, Emma Straight.

Silver winners: Emma Alcyone, Stephen Bayliss, Edward Chin, Myra Goldberg, Daniel Guetta, Andrea Harman, Mary Inagami, Yashasvi Jhangiani, Kavy Krishnamurthy, Jack Mocarski, Shruthi Palaniappan, Jeffrey Pressman, Morgan Rizy, Kathleen Smith, Nancy Surace, Androne Tarnok, Ekaterina Taylor-Yermeeva.

Bronze Winners; Steven Cappiello, Gregory Coghlan, Andrew Dinitz, Carol Dixon, Danielle Faul, Leah Foodman, Gianna Greco, Claudia Joely Guetta, Dorothy Harris, John Healy, Keara Lyons, Christopher Moore, Lynette Pineda, April Rademacher, Ashley Ramirez, Stewart Reifler, Joshua Rosen, Nancy Sengstacken, Swati Sriram.

Volunteers pose with their oldest Stop the Bleed student: She’s 102, and ready to help.

3 responses to “WVEMS: Westport’s Quiet Heroes

  1. Excellent profile of a very worthy and much-needed organization. The virus has made us even more appreciative (and, hopefully, even more supportive) of the EMTs and other front-line individuals who truly enable us to enjoy the type of life we’re lucky to live.

  2. The Westport ems does a great job for the town of Westport thanks to the leaders and the staff and students and. Also a shout out to Marc and Sam

  3. WEMS recently responded to my husband’s fall (which had resulted in a hip fracture) and provided excellent care from the moment they arrived until they deposited him safely in Norwalk Hospital. We are in their debt and are happy to contribute to such an essential–and outstanding–organization.

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