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DAR Celebrates Transylvania County EMS-Brevard NC


Last updated 5/27/2020 at 5:23pm

Kris Honish and Fred Norris receive their gift baskets that included a National Society Daughters of American Revolution "Salute to Service" certificate. (Courtesy photos)

On Thursday, May 21, the Waightstill Avery Chapter of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution coordinated a special "Salute to Service" for the Transylvania County Emergency Medical Service team.

Plans for the appreciation began early in May after the DAR learned May 17-23 was designated National EMS Week. Kim Stokes, Service to America chair, contacted Kimberly Bailey, Transylvania County EMS director, to determine how the chapter might show their appreciation.

Bailey shared that shifts would run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with teams operating from the Quebec and Brevard bases.

In order to reach all squad members, deliveries would be needed for four shifts at two base locations.

It was agreed that a continuous "self-serve" coffee, with homemade baked goods, would be the perfect treat.

Stokes sent out an urgent "911 call" for bakers among the DAR membership. "The response was immediate," she said. "So many chapter members shared personal stories surrounding Transylvania County EMS. They were thrilled to have an opportunity to do something in return."

Sandy Briggs emailed that she would be delighted to bake.

"We had a firsthand experience with EMS at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 9, when my husband had a stroke," Briggs said. "They were at our house in under 15 minutes and had us at the Transylvania Hospital ER in another 15 minutes."

Briggs was still recovering from a hip replacement and very distressed because she was unable to drive. The EMS team made sure she made it to the hospital to be with her husband.

Chapter member and N.C. Society State Treasurer Rosie Craig said, "My daughter, Erin, served Transylvania County as a first responder while attending Brevard College and learned invaluable skills. First Responders are a very special category of individuals that go above and beyond for their communities."

She was happy to bake her pumpkin bread, a much-requested recipe by the EMS during her daughter's tenure.

Early Thursday morning, May 21, the bakers rendezvoused to drop off a variety of cookies, brownies, pecan pie squares, pumpkin bread and raspberry squares. The bakers included Rita Black, Sharon Jenkins, Judy Potter, Faye Coan, Elizabeth Creech, Donna Bennett, Pam Watson and Molly Tartt.

A delivery team was dispatched at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday to the Brevard EMS base station. Stokes, First Vice Regent Peggy Bridges and Conservation Chair Ruth Anderson arrived on the scene with balloons and red ribboned trays overflowing with goodies.

Dayna Pollett, Waightstill Avery chapter regent, asked the team to transport a special DAR "Salute to Service," recognizing the county EMS for its dedication and exceptional service to the community.

The framed certificate and card of appreciation were presented to Kimberly Bailey and the on-duty team.

"The contributions of this amazing team of men and women often fly under the radar but are so vital to our community," Stokes said. "As a chapter, we were so pleased to be given an opportunity to express our appreciation for the dedication, professionalism and care the Transylvania County EMS demonstrate."

Waightstill Avery is a chapter of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution.

A service organization, the NSDAR is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and supporting education. For more information, visit or contact Dayna Pollett at [email protected]


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