Rebecca “Becky” Grant has been volunteering at various fire-rescue companies throughout Louisa County longer than many of her fellow EMTs have been alive.
“I’m a lifetime member of Mineral Rescue, Louisa Rescue and Locust Creek Volunteer Fire Department,” Grant said. “I started EMT classes 37 years ago, in 1982.”
When asked what inspired her to serve her community and sign up for EMT classes, the Apple Grove resident said that her motivations were nothing complicated.
“It all started from the simple fact that I have always wanted to help people, as a first responder or otherwise,” she said.
Grant, who is mother to three children and grandmother of two, said that she has always been driven to help others around her, using whatever means are available.
In the past, she has manned ambulances at various organizations, and more recently worked as a first responder at Locust Creek Fire Department, where transport times can be the longest of any area in the county. Even now, as health problems of her own are preventing her from doing labor-intensive jobs, Grant continues to dedicate herself to fundraising and other light-duty jobs within the organization.
Locust Creek VFD President Donna Burns said that Grant has had an enormous impact on her organization in a number of different roles.
“For many years Becky was the primary force behind Locust Creek’s fund raising,” she said. “She coordinated all the events and shopped for all the food. She found auctions for us to provide food at, cooked Brunswick stew, spaghetti dinners. She did all that in addition to running calls, cleaning the building, planting flowers outside the fire department. She was also the treasurer for many years.”
This unwavering dedication to helping her community was one of the many reasons Locust Creek Volunteer Fire Department members recognized Grant for her decades of service.
“When I first met Becky in the early 1980s, I noted that she was always bringing food to the hungry and helping the elderly,” Burns said. “She knows most in her Apple Grove community and many times she was called at home to come and take care of a medical emergency.”
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 17, 2019 issue.
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