The all-student-run Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, which responds to around 1,200 emergency calls on the Blacksburg campus in a typical year, performs the same functions as a municipal rescue squad.

The squad also provides emergency medical services at major university and athletic events, manages the AED program on the Blacksburg campus, and offers ongoing health- and safety-related trainings — like Stop the Bleed — for the university community.

The Virginia Rescue Squad elects new officers each academic year to lead its 40-45 members and help advance the campus community’s safety. This year, the squad held a virtual swearing-in ceremony on April 14 to honor and recognize its new leaders.

The new officers for the 2021-22 academic year are:

  • Sarah Guida, chief, a rising senior majoring in public health, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Lauren Yarnall, administrative captain, a rising senior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 
  • Connor Duda, operations captain, a rising junior majoring in biological sciences, College of Science.
  • Hannah O’Malley, public outreach lieutenant, a rising senior majoring in clinical neuroscience, College of Science.
  • Haleigh Simonis, training lieutenant, a rising senior majoring in biological sciences with a concentration in biomedical sciences, College of Science.
  • Kelly Mogenson, personnel lieutenant, a rising senior, majoring in clinical neuroscience within the College of Science.
  • Matthew McLaughlin, communications lieutenant, a rising junior majoring in engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Catherine Carter, vehicles lieutenant, a rising sophomore majoring in clinical neuroscience, College of Science, and classical studies, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
  • Kaid Furhman, equipment lieutenant, a rising sophomore majoring in wildlife conservation, College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Ansley Pfeiffer, member-at-large, a rising senior, majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 
  • Lydia Kuo, parliamentarian, a rising junior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

Congratulations to the new class of officers for the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. Click here to learn more about the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad.