American Legion recognizes Virginia Beach public safety personnel

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 honored four public safety representatives during it’s annual Law and Order Day gathering on Sunday, Feb. 11. The post recognized Master Firefighter Daniel Mugan, Master Police Officer Travis… Continue Reading


Rotary Club of Cape Henry recognizes Virginia Beach police fatal crash team officer, volunteer rescue leader

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rotary Club of Cape Henry presented its annual public safety awards to Master Police Officer Terry Schultz, who exhibited both kindness and smarts in his work investigating serious traffic crashes, and volunteer Emergency Medical… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Use of anonymous sources sometimes a moral choice for journalists, seldom an easy one

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — There is discussion of anonymous sources on the national scene, which is timely because I made a decision to use an unidentified source in a story published earlier this month in an edition of The Independent… Continue Reading


Radio recognition as longtime Virginia Beach rescuer begins her last shift

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — After more than 30 years of service to the city, Ann Morse, a paramedic who lives in Ocean Lakes, rode her final shift as a member of Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue 14, on Saturday,… Continue Reading


In big and small moments, Virginia Beach’s volunteer emergency medical rescuers give to their neighbors

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Gary Wilks, a native New Yorker who recently turned 61, and Eric Llanes, 42, originally from Maryland, rode together in an ambulance, Unit 523 from Station 5 in the Courthouse area from the evening of Saturday, Feb… Continue Reading


Event honoring Virginia Beach’s volunteer rescue members becomes announcement of bigger thanks: Rock the Squads, coming in May

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Volunteer rescue squad members and their families visited the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center last month, part of an annual thank you to the city’s 10 all-volunteer squads — and an announcement of a bigger… Continue Reading


Delaware man who drowned after helping save teen at Sandbridge in 2015 recognized with Carnegie Medal

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS A Delaware man who drowned at Sandbridge last year while trying to save his partner’s son has been recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Michael Manley Sr. of Wilmington, Del., died on Sunday, Sept. 27, according… Continue Reading


In Virginia Beach, EMS continues focus on volunteer support, rural stations

  THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Emergency Medical Services Chief Ed Brazle said the city has had success this year in an effort to expand the ranks of its volunteer rescue personnel, a cornerstone of the response system. The city… Continue Reading


EMS brigade chief reaches plea agreement in deadly crash

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A city emergency medical services officer who was accused of reckless driving in connection with a crash that killed an 88-year-old woman near Lynnhaven Mall in March reached a plea agreement in the case this… Continue Reading


Letter: A father’s thanks for those who saved his daughter in Sandbridge

Dear Editor: What could have been a tragic family Memorial Day weekend instead brought families, volunteer firefighters and beach patrol members together in saving a fortunate young adult. Gracie, my youngest daughter, was swimming with her cousin Daniel in the… Continue Reading