Wagner inducted into Hall of Fame

Karen Wagner

Karen D. Wagner, of Woodstock, has been recognized for 36 years of community service by the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS).

On Feb. 9, she was inducted into the Virginia Life Saving and Rescue Hall of Fame Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads during a ceremony held at Winchester Medical Center, where she is a patient. Scott Davis, president of the association, along with three current members of the Hall of Fame, presented her with a plaque.

Wagner, a member of the Woodstock Volunteer Rescue Squad since 1982, was appointed in 2002 by Gov. Mark Warner to serve as chairwoman of the Virginia EMS Advisory Board, the first all-volunteer provider to hold this position. She was re-appointed for a second term by Warner in 2005.

She was elected chairwoman of the Governor’s EMS Advisory Board in 2005 and served in that position until 2009.  She was the first volunteer EMS provider to be elected and serve in that position.

Wagner is the program coordinator for the EMS Leadership Challenge Program, a leadership development course recognized by the Virginia Office of EMS as the gold standard in EMS leadership development for the commonwealth. She serves as editor of the VAVRS and is chairwoman of the Financial Assistance Review Board.

On Feb. 28, Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenenshain, R-Harrisonburg, introduced and got approval for a bill commending her for more than 35 years of service to the commonwealth.

She has served as state president, vice president and secretary of the VAVRS and was a member of the state Regulation and Policy Committee. Wagner was named outstanding officer by the VAVRS in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, she was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in EMS, the highest award presented by the commonwealth.

She served as chairwoman of the Shenandoah County Emergency Services Task Force from 2001 to 2004 and has received the Outstanding Service Award by the Lord Fairfax EMS Council. She retired from Valley Health-Valley Medical Transport in 2006 after 11 years where she served as site supervisor for the Winchester station.

Wagner is active with the Shenandoah County chapter of the American Cancer Society and participates annually in the local Relay for Life event as a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.