July 2023 | Rescue Lines Newsletter


The mission of the VBRSF is to support an independent and vital emergency medical care and transport system – one of the largest in the country that relies predominately on well trained, skilled, and dedicated volunteers.

With collective support from VBRSF, VB Rescue Council and City of Virginia Beach EMS we can serve the VB Rescue – Volunteer EMS Squads with programs, services, and lifesaving equipment to help their operations continue.

Relationship between VB Rescue Foundation, VB Rescue EMS and VB Rescue council

2023 News & Events

May 22, 2023

Virginia Beach Summer Family Festival

EMS Appreciation Week May 21 – May 27 was a perfect time to give some extra special appreciation to the brave individuals who care for our city. The festival featured multiple food trucks, a DJ, raffle prizes, face painting, a caricature artist, swag bags, and a hugely popular pie eating contest. This festival was the most attended Foundation event in our history with over 400 people turning out to celebrate!

June 22, 2023

Rush the Squads

The first Rush the Squads event was held at New Realm Brewery in partnership with Rescue Council and VB Rescue. This event was an opportunity for individuals looking to learn about volunteering in the rescue squad system and to meet the different squads.

Meet the Foundation Staff

Gina Benefiel, Executive Director

Gina M. Benefiel
Executive Director

Tonya Harrell, Director of Programs

Tonya Harrell
Director of Programs

Kathryn Cooke, Office & Gifts Coordinator

Kathryn Cooke
Office & Gifts Coordinator

2023 Langhorne & Pulley Scholarship Recipients

This memorial scholarship was created in 2008 and is co-funded by the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation. The Langhorne & Pulley Scholarship Fund is designed to assist eligible volunteers and their immediate family members to continue their college education.

Ari Ahava

Addison Blackwell

Michaela Bonner

Bailey Deaver

Madison Kidder

Jeanette Manzer

Aubree Musicant

Shaunice Rone

Andrew Rosenblum

Jordan Sibley

Travis Smith

Patrick Swartz

Kelsey Utter

Kelsey Whitus

Congratulations to our member Spotlights!


Marisa Kuntz


Kascha Homontowski
Chesapeake Beach


Stephen Surgura
Ocean Park


James Strickland
Virginia Beach


Alaina Graves
Davis Corner

$50 Gift Card

The first person to read the newsletter and answer the question below correctly will receive a $50.00 gift card. Send an email to Tonya Harrell at tharrell@vbrescuefoundation.org with the correct answer.

Newsletter Question: What were the names of the (2) Food trucks at the EMS Summer Family Fun Festival at Station 8 on May 22, 2023?

Be sure to check every newsletter for all the news you need to know and THE OPPORUTNITY TO WIN A GIFT CARD!

Members are eligible to win a prize once per year.

Want to Contribute to the Newsletter?

Send stories to Tonya Harrell, Director of Programs, tharrell@vbrescuefoundation.org.