Virginia Beach EMS Chief Emeritus Receives Tidewater EMS (TEMS) Council’s Highest Award

Monday, June 05, 2017

On June 4, 2017, the Tidewater EMS (TEMS) Council recognized some of the area's finest First Responders during Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Family Day at Harbor Park in Norfolk. The Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services' very own Chief Emeritus Bruce Edwards received the council's highest award, the R. C. Dailey Award for Excellence in EMS.

The R.C. Daily Award for Excellence in EMS was presented to Bruce as he was recognized for many "firsts" in his city, the region and in the state. Recognition included building and improving the largest volunteer rescue squad system in the country, serving multiple terms on the Tidewater EMS Council Board of Directors and its executive committee, serving multiple terms on the Virginia EMS Advisory Board and chair of its communications committee, and serving as the first EMS representative to the Virginia Board of Health and elected to serve as its chair.

Bruce started out as a volunteer with the Virginia Beach Ocean Park Rescue Squad in 1967. From there he became the executive director of the Emergency Coronary Care Program for the rescue squads in 1973 and then coordinator of EMS in 1975. He became Director of EMS in 1984. Chief Edwards has the most tenure of any CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation) instructor, paramedic and administrator in the Commonwealth of Virginia. After 49 years of service, Bruce retired in March of 2016. Today, he remains an active paramedic with Virginia Beach EMS.

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