On September 18, 2017, the Danville Life Saving Crew (DLSC) celebrated 72 years of service to the community. Over 70 volunteers and board members met Monday for a steak dinner to celebrate this tremendous achievement.
At the celebration, Crew members wore anniversary shirts, enjoyed dinner provided by DLSC officers and reflected over the past 72 years. New members and life members came together to tell stories of their dedication to the community. Since 1945, DLSC has provided pre-hospital emergency care and rescue services to the citizens of Danville and parts of Pittsylvania County.
“The Crew has been very fortunate to have dedicated members who were willing to go the extra mile to help build what has been entrusted to us today,” Deputy Chief Keister Whitt said.
Throughout the years, DLSC has expanded its operations to better serve the community. The Danville Area Training was built in 2004 and remodeled in 2017 to offer more training opportunities to Danville and surrounding areas. In 2006, DLSC’s Northside Station was opened to allow for quicker emergency response times in the northern section of the city.
“We are grateful to be able to save lives and make a real difference in the community, for 72 years and counting,” DLSC Chief Robbie Woodall said. “We thank everyone for their dedication to the Crew and for helping to make DLSC a success.”
DLSC is continuously growing the services it provides to the community, including a drone program that was instated this summer. Crew members are proud to serve the community and offer professional pre-hospital emergency care. With the support of community members, DLSC plans to remain an intricate part of Danville’s emergency medical services for years to come.
Above: Over 70 active and life volunteers came together to celebrate DLSC's anniversary.
Above Left: Officers and staff members helped serve Crew members a steak dinner.
Above Right: DLSC's oldest life member, Claude Carey, cut the first piece of cake during the celebration.