More than 120 area fifth grade students and their teachers conducted a field trip to participate in the activities.

Pulaski, VA (October 11, 2017) - More than 350 attendees participated in the LewisGale Hospital Pulaski third annual “Survive and Thrive” event at Randolph Park in Dublin. The scheduled activities were designed to help citizens prepare to “survive” natural or manmade disasters and “thrive” with free health screenings and information.

More than 120 area fifth grade students and their teachers conducted a field trip to participate in the activities. “The local elementary schools really love the interaction with our community responders and the education provided on the numerous health and emergency management topics. The most popular event was the rescue demonstration where simulated injured drivers were extricated from wrecked vehicles using the Jaws of Life®,” Bob Suddarth, Assistant Administrator with LewisGale Hospital Pulaski said.

The educational, informational and fun events included “hands-on” CPR, rescue demonstrations, personal preparedness and safety tips, Red Cross and fire department demonstrations, and various community partner displays. Free health screenings to check for skin cancer, monitor blood pressure, and other blood tests were conducted during the event. Two dozen individuals signed up to receive a free screening for cervical cancer through LewisGale Regional Cancer Center. The pap and pelvic exams were conducted on an alternate date.

Those participating in a health screening at “Survive and Thrive” received free admission to the Guns and Hoses Benefit Softball Game held that same evening. Proceeds went to the New River Community Action Backpack Program. The results of the game are included on page two.  Photos are courtesy of Tabatha Norman.

Guns & Hoses Softball Game

Final Score: GUNS 15 / HOSES 19

Guns Batting Stats:

  • Eric Martin: 4 for 5(2 RBI’s)
  • Mike Hudson: (pitcher) – 4 for 5(3 RBI’s)
  • CJ Dickerson: 2 for 5 (2 singles)
  • Jamie Brown:1 for 3 (2 base on balls)
  • Wayne David 3 for 4 (fields choice in bottom of 8th inning)
  • Perry Hodge: 4 for 5 (4 singles) (3 RBI’s)
  • Josh Day: 2 for 5 (reached base on 2 errors and 2 fielder’s choice) scored 1 run
  • Ron Gillenwater: 2 for 5 (Double and Single Hits) (4 RBI’s)
  • Michael Dunford: 2 for 4 (2 single’s) ( 1 RBI )
  • Adam Abdelaziz: 2 for 4 (2 singles)
  • Wes Ratcliff: 1 for 4 ( 2 RBI’s)

Hoses Batting Stats:

  • E. Whitaker (Pitcher): 2 for 5 (scored 3 runs) (Reached base on 2 fielder’s choice)
  • R. Kiser (MVP BIRTDHAY BOY):3 for 5 (3 RBI’s) (2 Runs Scored)
  • Nester: 4 for 5 (5 RBI’s) (3 Runs scored)
  • Hamblin: 4 for 5 (1 RBI) (2 Runs Scored)
  • Dehart: 3 for 5 (3 RBI”s) (SAC FLY)
  • J. Hodge: 2 for 5 (1 RBI) 2 singles
  • C. Seagle. 4 for 5 (2 RBI’s) SOLO HOME RUN / SAC FLY
  • Haga: 3 for 5 (2 doubles and a single)
  • Anderson: 1 for 5 (Single) ( 2 RBI’s)
  • Kesling: 2 for 5 (Scored 1 Run) (2 singles)
  • Barnett 4 for 4 (2 runs scored) 4 singles (2 RBI’s)