Getting to Know … Margaret Slocum

Getting to Know … Margaret Slocum


Margaret Slocum, a volunteer with the Sterling Park Rescue Squad, put in countless hours volunteering from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the summer. She continues her hours during the school year by volunteering for shorter shifts during the week and overnight Saturday shifts. She has been trained in ambulance familiarization, preparation of patient for transport, obtaining vital signs, oxygen delivery, advanced life support assist, splinting, and immobilization. She is also training in Emergency Medical Technician Basic, which requires two extra days of training in addition to her regular shifts.

For being named Student Volunteer of the Month by the Volunteer Services Board a local nonprofit organization of Slocum's choice will receive a $100 contribution in her honor.

Name: Margaret Slocum.

Town/Neighborhood: Sterling.

Years in the Community: 17 years — all my life.

Occupation/Position: Student at Dominion High School. I have been a hospital volunteer, a lifeguard and a camp nurse. I am currently a volunteer at Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Achievements: I have all three letters from Dominion: Activities (Community Service) Academics and Athletics.

Family: Live with my mom, Pam Slocum, dad, Jay Slocum and my brother, David Slocum, is currently a sophomore at James Madison University.

What do you like or dislike about your community?: I love how nice people are in Sterling, but when we get on the road it’s a free for all. I hate it when people do not get out of the way on an emergency vehicle, just pull to the right side of the road for a minute and let us pass. You wouldn’t want us to take 15 minutes to come to your house for an emergency?

Favorite local restaurant/place: IHOP, Chick-fil-A and Countryside Café, Outback, Oriental Express and soon to be Cheesecake Factory.

Sports Interests/Activities/Hobbies: I love the Redskins, I like to row and swim and lift weights and I’m an EMT.

Community Ties: My family?

Community Concerns: Sterling needs to have more awareness that we are a volunteer community and we need any help they can give, financially or with their time.

Community Ideas: More community events that connect elementary-, middle- and high-school groups together.

Personal Goals: I would love to get accepted at JMU and major in nursing with a minor in Spanish.

What community "hidden treasure" should more people know about?: If there is some hidden treasures I would love to know myself.

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