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Powell receives Governor’s Award for outstanding contribution to EMS telecommunication

NORFOLK – Virgil Powell, commonly referred to as “JR,” was presented the 2019 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication at the 40th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards ceremony in Norfolk.

Powell began his career with Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center in June 1995, following a six-year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Communication Specialist.

He was involved in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations.

JR’s work ethic, determination and strong leadership skills have allowed him to climb the ranks from Dispatcher and now the Director of Martinsville- Henry County 911 Center.

Upon becoming Director of the center, JR worked hard to secure funds, recommend changes and implement innovative programs such as emergency medical dispatch, P25 radios, NextGen 911 and texting to 911.

While leading one of the busiest 911 centers in the Commonwealth, JR is often seen working at the console, taking 911 calls and dispatching police, fire and EMS.

He truly cares about his job, the employees and most importantly his community.

Virgil Powell’s dedication and significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly appreciated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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