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Jackson County EMS Receives $1,300 Grant

The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) recently awarded a $1,300 grant to Jackson County Emergency Medical Services (JCEMS) to assist in providing paramedic training for local citizens. This grant supports area residents pursuing paramedic training offered by Mountwest Community and Technical College, which combines classroom work with online instruction.  Last year, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund awarded a $6,000 grant that enabled six students to pursue training.  This year, one student is pursuing training, resulting in seven individuals trained over two years.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ritchie, parents of Dr. David M. Ritchie, presented the grant to Steve McClure, of the JCEMS, at the Jackson County Commission meeting on November 29.

“With the paramedic shortage that is spread across West Virginia, this grant money has allowed JCEMS to send more EMTs to Paramedic Training than what we could budget for,” said McClure.  “This, in turn, has assured JCEMS the ability to provide advanced life support on almost 100% of the calls we make. Hats off to the Ritchie family for providing this funding!”

Established in 2001, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund honors Dr. Ritchie’s caring presence and commitment to the care of others, particularly in the area of emergency services. In addition to this grant to the JCEMS, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund has historically granted support to students from Jackson or Kanawha counties who are pursuing certification in paramedic, EMT, EMTI, or nursing degrees. Since the Fund’s inception, in addition to the grants to JCEMS this year and last, nine scholarships have been provided to train paramedics and nursing students.

The grant support to JCEMS reflects the importance of the Ritchie family’s commitment to honoring the legacy of Dr. David M. Ritchie in the field of emergency medicine and their concern for quality emergency medical care for their community. Growing up in Ravenswood, West Virginia, David Monroe Ritchie served his community in many different ways. In addition to his family practice, he maintained a strong interest in emergency medicine, working in the emergency rooms in Ripley, Charleston and Parkersburg.  Dr. Ritchie graduated from Ravenswood High School and received his undergraduate and medical degree from West Virginia University. He became an Emergency Medical Technician while he was still a student at WVU and participated in ambulance runs and assisted the squads while also attending classes. David has two younger siblings, S. Douglas Ritchie of Ravenswood and Shelley Ritchie of Chicago. He was married to Dr. Caroline Williams at the time of his passing; he and Caroline have four sons.

Dr. Ritchie’s family recall his great love of his patients and note that he was sincerely interested in them as individuals. The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund was created to commemorate his special interest in the field of emergency medicine and his compassionate care for others.

Donations to support the important work of the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund in the field of emergency medicine and nursing may be made by check in the Fund name to the PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 or online at www.pacfwv.com/Donate-Now.  Please call 304.428.4438 for more information.



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