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Amid busy summer months, lifeguards are on duty at beach in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Just before Memorial Day Weekend, the kickoff of the true tourist season in Sandbridge, city lifeguards gathered to train together at their Little Island headquarters. They were young and old, many of them returning year after… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Chaplain Linda Finch

BY LINDA FINCH I  am a retired schoolteacher. My journey toward becoming a volunteer began during my second year of teaching. A child was injured on the playground, and no one knew what to do. I made it my life’s… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach EMS Human Resources Officer For Volunteers Jahmelle Sherman

BY JAHMELLE SHERMAN I volunteer because I believe in service to your community. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in giving of your time and energy for the greater good. When you volunteer, you do it knowing the only… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Volunteer Flight Officer Barry Kirschner

BY BARRY KIRSCHNER I grew up in Kempsville and now reside in the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach with my wife and two boys. I have been volunteering with the city of Virginia Beach since 2007 with both the Virginia Beach… Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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