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It all began one day when a woman was struck by a car on Atlantic Avenue…

One cold December afternoon in 1951, a local woman was struck by a car near the corner of 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Attorney J. Peter Holland III found himself at the scene and called for an ambulance. Unfortunately, the Fire Department’s ambulance was disabled and couldn’t help. With nowhere to turn, Holland called the nearby Fort Story Army installation, but the dispensary was hesitant to send help since the person injured was not in the military. Holland persisted, and nearly an hour after his initial call, an ambulance from Fort Story responded to take the woman to Virginia Beach General Hospital, just three blocks away.

The members of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad have worn distinctive white uniforms since 1952.

Mr. Holland, thoroughly unsatisfied, rounded up some friends and discussed the urgent need for an active volunteer ambulance service in Virginia Beach. On May 1, 1952, the Princess Anne-Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, Inc. began operations with twenty-two charter members and one associate.

It was the beginning of the long, proud history of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. Read the rest of our history, through the decades, by clicking on the links below.