On April 26 Plympton Fire Captain Cheryl Davis was formally recognized for a myriad of accomplishments. Davis received the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) State of Massachusetts Certificate of Commendation for Exemplary Service to Humanity by Administering Emergency Medical Assistance. Davis’ name will be submitted by the VFW to compete nationally with other winners from the United States, its possessions and Germany. Additionally, Davis was presented with a Commendation for Service to the Community on behalf of State Representative Kathy LaNatra and Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano. State Sen. Michael Brady also presented Davis with a Certificate of Commendation.
Chair of the Plympton Board of Selectmen Mark Russo was in attendance as was fellow Selectman John Traynor and Plympton Fire Chief Steve Silva. Both Russo and Silva recognized Davis for her efforts in coordinating Community EMS for Plympton as well as her hand in the structure of the new Plympton Ambulance.
The awards were not the first for Davis who previously spent nine years with the EMS division of the Fall River Fire Department. She was recognized in 2019 during the Massachusetts Firefighter of the Year Ceremonies for her heroism in assisting a vehicle that crashed into a building and caught fire in Fall River.
Davis, who has been in this line of work for 14 years, said she grew up in and around the fire station as her father was a firefighter. “I was kind of always around it,” she said. Davis has been a resident of Plympton since 2000 and bought her own home in town eight years ago. “I love the small community,” Davis explained. She continued, “I love living in a rural community; everybody kind of knows each other. It’s a very tight knit community.”
Davis has been instrumental in delivering care to Plympton residents during the pandemic. Through the Community EMS program, Davis and others were able to provide home Covid testing in addition to working with Halifax to deliver a small number of vaccines to homebound residents. She described the program as being in its infancy as it just received approval in March of 2020. Davis said she is looking forward to seeing the program expand outside of the pandemic. “We are looking for the program to grow outside of Covid to include home safety visits and working with seniors to make sure their homes are safe… and to assist them in any way that we can,” she explained.