PEMS Congratulates Gary Samuels Recipient of the Governor's Award for "Excellence in EMS"

Gary Samuels

PEMS congratulates Gary Samuels as the recipient for the Governor's ESM Award for "Excellence in EMS." This award is for an individual who exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to the state-wide Virginia emergency medical services system and has demonstrated a commitment to a comprehensive integrated system of emergency medical services throughout the Commonwealth.


Gary Samuels’ focus has always been on helping others and making EMS the best it can be for the citizens of the Commonwealth. He has more than 42 years of experience in Fire and EMS emergency services that includes volunteer, career, private, and military organizations.
Gary worked for 28 years through all areas within the County of Henrico Division of Fire retiring as EMS and fire operations battalion chief. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter at the Doswell Volunteer Fire Department in 1980. He joined the United States Air Force in 1985 and transferred into the Virginia Air National Guard’s fire department where he was a crash fire rescue fire fighter and Staff Sergeant until 1994. He has over 28 years of hospital experience working at Bon Secours, Henrico Doctors, and VCU Medical Center using his advanced skills in the emergency department, cardiac progressive care unit, and send administrator settings. He is certified as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Virginia Paramedic, Virginia Education Officer, Virginia Education Coordinator, Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor III, Fire Officer I and II Trainer, and Fire Inspector.
Gary is an outreach coordinator at Bon Secours Mercy Health and manages two facilities within the Peninsulas EMS Counsel’s region. He has made remarkable contributions to the local, regional, and statewide EMS systems including his service on Virginia state EMS advisory board since 2018 where he is the chairman of the Legislative and Planning Committee. Gary's personal commitment, dedication, and professionalism has been a hallmark of his ongoing involvement in EMS. He works tirelessly to advocate for and promote excellence in EMS care at all levels.
Congratulations Gary!
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