Medical Reserve Corps honors volunteers, supporting businesses

Monday, March 1, 2010
Jim Chevalier, left, receives the award for being an outstanding volunteer in 2009 from Saline Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator Russ Donnell, right. Not pictured: Carolyn Paden, who also received the outstanding volunteer award. (Contributed photo)

The Saline Medical Reserve Corps met Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Club House for its annual event to honor volunteers and a business of the year, according to a news release from Russ Donnell, MRC coordinator.

Jim Chevalier and Carolyn Paden were named the outstanding volunteers of 2009.

Chevalier participated in many Saline MRC events -- Dog-N-Jog, blood drives, garage sale for Relay for Life, Relay for Life and two H1N1 clinics -- and was one of eight volunteers who completed the 40-hour first responder class.

Paden also participated in many Saline MRC events, seasonal flu clinics and one H1N1 clinic. She completed a CPR instructor course and assisted with CPR and first aid training during 2009.

The outstanding business of the year for 2009 was awarded to Monsanto. The Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto, awarded a $9,000 grant to the Saline MRC for the purchase of an all-terrain utility vehicle, which will enhance emergency response and preparedness. The utility vehicle, named EMU for emergency response unit, will be utilized to assist or transport equipment, personnel or victims in the event of a disaster or emergency event. EMU will be available to any emergency responders -- law enforcement, fire service or ambulance service -- in the event of an emergency.

The Saline MRC has more than 50 volunteer members, including medical and non-medical personnel. The Saline MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources during emergencies that occur.

During 2009, the Saline MRC was activated by local law enforcement to assist in searches for lost individuals and has assisted the Saline County Health Department with influenza vaccination clinics, both seasonal and H1N1. The group's community projects are the annual Saline MRC Dog-N-Jog, blood drives, and Heartsaver and Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid.

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