Trough Creek Valley Fire Company’s Leroy F. Chilcote, Jr. was named the 2011 Newt Watkins Award winner posthumously at the 11th Annual Huntingdon County EMS Appreciation Banquet hosted by J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital on October 19, 2011. Accepting the award on his behalf was his wife, Ginny (seated). With Ginny are (left to right) Stat MedEvac representative Mike Schreyer, Huntingdon County EMA Director Adam Miller, Huntingdon County Commissioner Bill Hoover, Trough Creek Valley VFC member Lyndsey Reed who wrote the nomination letter, J.C. Blair Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. John Roth, Keith Black from State Representative Mike Fleck’s office and J.C. Blair President and CEO Joseph J. Peluso, holding the perpetual plaque that hangs in the EMS room at J.C. Blair.
Trough Creek Valley EMS Volunteer Honored at Annual Banquet
Trough Creek Valley Fire Company’s Leroy F. Chilcote, Jr. was named the 2011 Newt Watkins Award winner posthumously at the 11th Annual Huntingdon County EMS Appreciation Banquet hosted by J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital on October 19, 2011. His wife, Ginny, accepted the award on his behalf.
Chilcote was a life member of the fire company, becoming a first responder in 1989 and an EMT in 1991. Through his career, he served as Assistant Chief, President, Vice President, QRS Captain and Lieutenant. He also was a CPR and continuing education instructor. Chilcote passed away on July 22, 2010 from a form of Leukemia. He lost his battle due to complications of pneumonia after undergoing a stem cell transplant.
Trough Creek Valley VFC member Lyndsey Reed wrote in her nomination letter about an incident that occurred shortly before Mr. Chilcote passed way. She shared, “there was a motor vehicle accident on a back road, and Leroy was the first one on the scene. A girl had been thrown from the car and was lying in the middle of the road. When the Special Unit arrived, Leroy was knelt down comforting the girl, doing his job just as he was taught and also as he taught others. Many in the company remember how he still was out helping others, regardless of the personal trials and tribulations that he was going through at the time. Although he may not be here with us today, his spirit lives on. Company members often reminisce and say ‘remember when Leroy did this…’”
This year, the fire company dedicated the Huntingdon County Fire Convention in his honor. Company members recall that Chilcote was looking forward to helping at the convention as Trough Creek celebrated its 50th Anniversary of the company.
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital hosted and sponsored the annual EMS appreciation dinner at the J.C. Blair Education Center. Hospital, county and state officials thanked EMS personnel for the commitment and sacrifice they and their families make on a daily basis to serve the community.