The American Red Cross of Southern Maryland honored the dedicated volunteers who delivery the mission each and every day at a volunteer reception on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Crofton County Club.
The evening consisted of many award presentations, including year of service pins and certificates signed by the governor. Three individuals were also honored as the Volunteer of the Year and an extremely prestigious Certificate of Merit was presented for a life-saving response that was carried out by a high school student.
Volunteer of the Year Recipients
Earl Buffaloe has been an active Disaster Action Team (DAT) member in Calvert County for 15 years. He always makes himself available whenever there is a need. As a member of the disaster team, he responds to house fires and provides emergency assistance for those who have been affected by some form of disaster, large or small. He has also served as a back-up dispatcher for Calvert County, receiving the initial disaster call and sending out a team to provide support. In addition to his roles in Disaster Services, he is a certified First-Aid, CPR & AED Instructor for the Red Cross.
Earl goes above and beyond by mentoring and training new disaster responders, instilling his passion for the Red Cross in these volunteers.
Preparedness, Health & Safety Services (PHSS):
Robert (Bob) Fulton has been an instructor with American Red Cross for more than 20 years. He teaches several CPR/First Aid classes each month at Red Cross offices throughout Southern Maryland, teaching both the First Aid/CPR/AED Course and the CPR Basic Life Support Course.
In addition, Bob is very open and receptive to working with new instructors as they start their classroom teaching. He ensures the new instructors feel comfortable in their environment and helps guide them through the training process.
Bob is extremely proactive in reaching out for dates of upcoming classes to make sure he can be available, often filling in when instructors have had to call out last minute. His positive attitude and willingness to help is apparent not only to Red Cross staff, but to the students in his classes as well.
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF):
Gillian (Jill) Richards is a volunteer Acupuncturist at the Annapolis Naval Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), providing medical acupuncture to patients. Jill brought this new and unique program to the Annapolis Naval MTF through her service with the Red Cross. Her dedication and specialized skill set allows military members alternative treatment options and allows for more flexibility in medical treatment.
Jill is a devoted volunteer who has donated one day per week, every week, since May 2014. She is a welcomed addition to the medical staff at the Annapolis Naval Medical Treatment Facility and appreciated by the military members who receive treatment from her.
Certificate of Merit
The Certificate of Merit is issued to individuals who have saved or have sustained life as a direct result of American Red Cross training in its Health and Safety programs. The award was created in 1911 and each certificate is signed by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross of Southern Maryland is proud to have been able to present Tyler Latvala with this prestigious award.
On March 7, 2015, Tyler helped save the life of a man who had fallen unconscious on the side of the road. Passing by in his school bus, Tyler spotted the man and called for the bus to stop. The man was lying face down in the snow, with his dog sitting next to him. Finding him unresponsive, without a pulse and not breathing, Tyler asked another student to call 911 and began to perform CPR. EMS quickly arrived on scene and transported the man to a near by hospital. Without a doubt, the skills Tyler learned in a Red Cross course he had taken provided him with the ability to react quickly and save the man’s life.
Year of Service Pins
Mark Coontz, Jr. 5 yrs.
Zachary Carson 5 yrs.
Louis Jerez 10 yrs.
Ernest Colantonio, Jr. 10 yrs.
Linda Colantonio 10 yrs.
Georgia Vaillancourt 15 yrs.
Mary Sue Recker 15 yrs.
Mary Lou Dulina 15 yrs.
Phyllis Doyle 35 yrs.
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who are part of the Southern Maryland Chapter!
Those interested in volunteering can learn more by clicking here to see a list of available positions and to complete the application.