SUMMIT, NJ - David Schempp, a 15-year member of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (SVFAS), has been honored with Overlook Medical Center's 2016 EMS Excellence Award.
Schempp was among the many who witnessed the Squad in action on September 11, 2001 and stepped forward to offer help. He initially thought that gardening or mowing the lawn would be his contribution, but was instead asked to learn EMS skills and ride the ambulance.
He accepted that challenge and became a certified EMT just a year later. He is a regular fixture at the squad on weekdays, offering to help with non-emergency transportations and community events, as well as cover other shift openings in addition to his regular Thursday Day shift where he serves as the Crew Chief.
In addition to EMT duties, Schempp has served on the Board of Trustees as well as several committees. He has also chaired the Grants Committee since 2004, working to win various grant awards to fund the equipment and training needed to keep the squad current with ever-changing EMS standards.
His efforts have helped the Squad raise just under $600,000 in grants. Schempp also takes great interest and enthusiasm in the Squad's younger members, teaching them not only EMS skills, but also challenging them to be better people, take on more responsibility and helping them become better leaders.
First Aid Squad Chief Kari Phair who nominated Schempp for the award said, “Dave has become and continues to be an accomplished leader who graciously gives of himself to help others and be a vital part of our organization. Summit EMS is privileged to have Dave as a member and so very proud to offer him as a nominee for the Overlook EMT Excellence Award.”
The all-volunteer First Aid Squad is always looking for new members to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information, please call 908-277-9479, or visit their web site at: summitems.org.