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As tourist season ends, Sandbridge community gathers for pig pickin’ supporting rescue squad

BY LISA BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — When September comes, the resort areas quiet down and the visiting Sandbridge families head back home so their children can get back to school and off to college. Oh, and their parents probably go back… 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

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Virginia Beach: Urgent need for volunteer rescue support in Blackwater, Creeds

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The volunteer rescue organizations that support lifesaving efforts in Blackwater and Creeds are in desperate need of volunteers to help staff ambulances at Stations 13 and 6, respectively, city officials have said in recent weeks.… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach Manager: Blackwater town hall to cover more than crime

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — City Manager Dave Hansen said public safety concerns in the city’s south and the need for volunteer rescue personnel in Blackwater and Creeds will be among but not the only topics discussed during a town… Continue Reading