PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jenny Pernell, who joined the Plainfield Rescue Squad nearly 25 years ago, has been honored with Overlook Medical Center's 2016 EMT Excellence Awards,

Pernell has taken on roles ranging from acting captain to business manager, a slot she currently fills. Her colleagues noted Pernell “is one of the many lifetime members of the Plainfield Rescue Squad. Although she has moved on to becoming a paramedic, she has still managed to continue to play an active role in the squad and the community. You have been an inspiration to us all, and we greatly appreciate your time and dedication.”

 Fellow squad members described her “deep sense of community,” and noted Pernell is “always there” when needed and had been instrumental in working with other companies in mutual aid situations.