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James City County Fire Department Receives Pair of Governor’s EMS Awards

Screenshot from JCC BOS.

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Gov. Glenn Youngkin recognized the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award recipients for 2023 during a special EMS Week ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, May 20, and James City County Fire Department was the recipient of two of the awards.

“During EMS Week, I had the honor of recognizing the 2023 Governor’s EMS Award recipients and thanked them for their incredible contributions to Virginia’s EMS System,” said Youngkin. “Virginia’s EMS providers rush in to save Virginians who are sick or injured by providing the best prehospital care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Thank you for your heroic efforts and for protecting the well-being of all Virginians.”

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety was awarded to James City County Fire Department.

“I think this really highlights some of the programs we have done,” stated Fire Chief Ryan Ashe during a presentation at the May 28, James City County Board of Supervisors meeting. “We are honored to be recognized both locally and at the Governor’s level for that.”

The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Agency was also given to the James City County Fire Department.

Commonly known as the EMS of the Year award, Ashe said, “This is really a big deal. If it wasn’t for the men and women of our department who are out serving our community every day we wouldn’t have got that recognition.”

The James City County Board of Supervisors congratulated Chief Ashe and the Fire Department during the meeting.

“That is outstanding! Congratulations!” said JCC Board Chair Ruth Larson.

Board member Mike Hipple added, “Chief, let everyone know how proud we are of the department and all the hard work that gets put in. It’s amazing the hours and time that gets put in and the working day, which may be two in the morning while most of us are asleep safe in our beds and we are glad you and your team are out there to protect us and help us when we need it.”

The Governor’s EMS Awards honor the outstanding contributions of individuals, agencies, community organizations and businesses that provide or help support emergency medical care in Virginia. The awards are the highest honor an EMS provider or organization can receive at the state level, and they are administered by the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Office of Emergency Medical Services.

To learn more about the VDH’s Office of EMS, visit

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