Thursday, January 16, 2014 Evesham Fire-Rescue also had the opportunity and honor to recognize some of the extraordinary actions of a few members this year at its annual awards banquet. On April 15, 2013, during the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, EMT Rebecca Miller was working at the finish line aiding runners as they came across. When the explosions occurred and people were running away from the blast area, EMT Miller reacted bravely and ran into the blast area. She made several trips into the area rescuing multiple people. It was because of EMT Miller’s lifesaving actions, she was recognized in People Magazine along with one woman who was critically injured in the blast that was treated by EMT Miller. It is because of EMT Rebecca Miller’s actions during that day, her instincts to fall back on her training, and the profound impact that she had in patient care that day that she was awarded Evesham Fire-Rescue’s greatest honor the Medal of Valor.
On the morning of Sunday, May 5, 2013, Lt. Zach Ewan, FF/EMT Sean Parry, and EMT Charles Brown responded to the report of a house fire in the unit block of Magnolia Court on Ambulance 2291. When they arrived, they found an active kitchen fire in the home and neighbors reporting the homeowners were still inside. Lt. Ewan and his crew made the courageous decision to enter into the home without the protection of a handline or breathing apparatus and were able to pull the homeowners out of the home and to safety. For their actions, they too were awarded the Evesham Fire-Rescue Medal of Valor as well.
Please join us in applauding these extraordinary efforts in providing the service that we know our residents have become accustomed to and expect from our organization. We are very proud of all of our members. It is our belief that any one of our members, faced with these circumstances, would have acted in the same fashion; but when these extraordinary events occur and our members act with the courage and bravery that goes above and beyond the norm – it is important to recognize their efforts!