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Volunteer chaplains earn The President's Volunteer Service Award

By The Pulse Feb 10, 2015

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The Rev. Ed McCarthy, second from left, holds his service award on Feb. 2. He is posing with Wyoming Medical staff chaplains The Revs. Leigh Earle (from left), Keith Evans and Zacarias Buhuro.

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The Rev. Don Stewart, second from left, holds his service award on Feb. 2 in the hospital chapel.

After 20 years of devoted service to Wyoming Medical Center, two volunteer chaplains received The President's Volunteer Service Award in a ceremony Feb. 2 in our chapel.

The Revs. Ed McCarthy and Don Stewart, both Roman Catholic ordained deacons, earned the President's Lifetime Achievement Award, given to individuals who have completed 4,000 hours or more of volunteer work in their lifetimes. Wyoming Medical Center nominated the volunteer chaplains for their service, and the awards were signed by President Barack Obama.

McCarthy and Stewart were among the three original volunteer on-call Chaplains when WMC's chaplain program was started in 1994 by Dana Schroeder. They have now officially retired from holding the chaplain pager after hours, during which they responded to Trauma Red, Code Blue, and a variety of other calls for pastoral support, on several nights or weekend days per month. Their contributions have been invaluable for staff, patients, and families at Wyoming Medical Center, and their generosity in giving of their time and talent is greatly appreciated and will be greatly missed.