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LVH-Poconos honor emergency responders

Lehigh Valley Health Network - Pocono Foundation, along with Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono, recognized the extraordinary work to care for the community by local Emergency Medical Service providers during the LVHN - Pocono Foundation’s Fourth annual EMS Hero Event held virtually for the first time on YouTube Live on Sept. 24.

The event honored and recognized the outstanding service to our community by the four EMS agencies serving LVH - Pocono: Bushkill EMS Emergency Corps, Pocono Mountain Regional EMS, Suburban EMS, and West End Community Ambulance Association. The a record $16,600 was raised for these local heroes.

A special 50/50 raffle was also added to the event to generate both interest and revenue, and sold more than 200 tickets.

Proceeds from the event are split evenly among the four agencies and help to fund the cost of needed equipment for these providers.

The evening’s highlights included videos of four separate lifesaving calls as told by the patients and their EMS responders. These powerful and compelling videos were introduced by physician and administration leaders at LVH - Pocono and LVHN.

Because the event did not include an in-person dinner and awards ceremony, gift bags and awards were delivered to each station by the Foundation staff and dinner was delivered on the evening of the broadcast. Nearly 300 people have viewed the event online, which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0nVp5VMn6g.

For more information about the Pocono Foundation, visit Give.LVHN.org/Pocono.

Marynell Strunk, manager of the LVHN - Pocono Foundation, left, presents a check for more than $3,000 to William Schrack from West End Community Ambulance, his share for winning the 50/50 raffle at the Foundation's Fourth annual EMS Hero Event. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO