SAC EMS Awarded for Service and Sacrifice

October 4, 2019

By Samantha Jette '20

The Saint Anselm College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Club earned recognition at The Diocese of Manchester’s annual Blue Mass. The club received the St. Raphael Parish Award on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. 

Student EMT Club in front of Alumni Hall
Photo Credit: Ellis Boettger

Though in its first year, the Saint Raphael Award will continue to recognize those who work in Emergency Medical Services as first responders. 

As pastor at St. Raphael Parish and assistant professor at Saint Anselm College, Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B., nominated the club for the award. In his nomination letter, Fr. Jerome highlighted the hard work taken on by the student volunteers in addition to their academics, internships, and employment. 

"I was happy to nominate our Saint Anselm EMS members as a club because I've been impressed by their members as individuals and as a group. They are committed as they give a large amount of time and energy to protect fellow students, faculty, staff, monks, and visitors to Saint Anselm,” said Fr. Jerome. 

He also praised the club’s alignment with the college’s Benedictine values, saying “I am happy to add, this work by our students beautifully fulfills the wise counsel of Saint Benedict in the Holy Rule to discern the presence of Christ in each of those in need by responding to them as the Lord himself would.” 

The EMS club has close ties to the monastic life, as one of their former student volunteers, Bro. Aloysius Ryan Sarasin, O.S.B., is now a junior monk in seminary studies at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary in Indiana. 

The Blue Mass is held annually in the Manchester Diocese to honor, and pray for and with members of the law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians with the intention “that God will bless them in their work and bless their families and loved ones,” according to the Diocese website. 

A breakfast reception followed the Mass, during which Bishop Peter Libasci of the Manchester Diocese presented the Saint Raphael Award to the EMS club members in attendance. In addition, the Bishop presented two other awards; the Saint Michael Award for New Hampshire police officers, and the Saint Florian Award for New Hampshire firefighters.

This is not the first time the EMS club has been honored for their dedication to serving the community. Last spring, the club received the 2019 Service Award at the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership’s Coleman Awards Ceremony. 

The club’s members have dedicated more than 7,000 service hours to the college community over the past school year. The volunteers provide service for nightly duty hours to ensure the campus’ overall safety. In addition, they provide standby service at events such as varsity and club sport races and games, Dance-A-Thon, Holiday Fair, the Valentine’s Day Dance, Relay for Life, the Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Senior Days, and Commencement and the Middle School Firefighter challenge day at Goffstown’s Mountain View Middle School as well as blood pressure screening during Family Weekend. The club’s commitment to serving others has earned their recognition not only on the Hilltop, but also in the surrounding community. 

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