The Ross/ West View EMS Honor Guard was officially founded in March of 2009. After a lot of planning and work the unit was organized with 5 charter members, however a total of 9 members are now part of the unit.
The Unit can serve both as an Honor Guard along with a Color Guard.
The Color Guard represent Ross/West View EMS in any public function that they are requested to participate in. The Color Guard presents the nations colors, the State of Pennsylvania’s colors along with a personalized service flag. The unit’s first detail was to lead Ross Township’s Bicentennial parade along with the Ross Township Police Ceremonial Unit.
The Honor Guard represents RWVEMS at any funeral or memorial details for current employees or for any other requested services or families. These details can include standing guard at the casket, presentation and folding of the colors to the deceased’s family and carrying of the casket to and from the hearse and to the burial site.
The Honor Guard has also participated in many functions with other Honor Guards and Ceremonial Units. Members participated in a pre-game presentation at PNC prior to a Pittsburgh Pirates Game along with the City of Pittsburgh and other units. Members also have participated in a joint memorial service for the tragedy at LA Fitness along with assisting in funeral services at the request of other agencies.
The Ross/ West View EMS Honor Guard consists of Keith Jankowski, James Vardzel, Bill Cummings, Wes Semple, Richard Beirnstein, Talo Capuzzi, Baine Fairley, Jen Swab, Adam Studebaker, Bart Heaney. Richard Biernstein serves as the Honor Guard Commander. James Vardzel serves as the units Lietuenant. The members of the Honor Guard have rededicated countless hours towards training and planning to make the Honor Guard successful.
The Honor Guard would also like to the thank Both Jack Glass, Commander of the City of Pittsburgh EMS Honor Guard and Officer David Eckels, Commander of the Ross Township Ceremonial Unit for all of the help they provided us. Commander Glass assisted the Honor Guard is the planning phase along with some uniform planning. Commander Eckels played a huge part in assisting the honor guard with presentation and working on the marching aspect of the unit. Commander Eckels also was the first to officially review the Honor Guard and our uniforms prior to our first public function. Without the help of both Commanders and the hard work of the unit we would not be able to make this possible.