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Honor Guard


The Honor Guard serves as the “guardians of the colors” by displaying and escorting the National, State and Unit flags on ceremonial occasions at official City and State sponsored Emergency Medical Services events and related functions. The team is frequently called upon to present the colors at special Rescue Squad functions and consider it an honor to treat our Country’s Flag with the respect and dignity it deserves. Our most solemn duty is to show honor and respect to fallen members of the City’s entire Emergency Medical Services Department and on special occasions serving with the Honor Guards representing the City’s Police and Fire Departments.  The Honor Guard stands vigil during the viewing service and upon request, serve as pallbearers and ushers for the funeral service. Our Honor Guard serves as ambassadors to the public, presenting a positive image of the City’s Emergency Medical Service and Volunteer Rescue Squad System and assisting with its recruitment effort.


The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Honor Guard is an elite ceremonial element composed of volunteer members of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. It was formed in 1986 by F. Patrick Kavanaugh, Jr. under the leadership of Captain Earl “Syd” Duval. The Honor Guard proudly represents the entire Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad System at public and special events throughout the City of Virginia Beach.


Contact the Honor Guard scheduler to schedule an appearance at (757) 477-5773 or e-mail Jim Obal at honorguard@vbvrs.org .There is no fee for Honor Guard services and when possible, advance notice of two weeks is requested.


The Honor Guard currently consists of seventeen dedicated members under the direction of Captain Jack Dye, Commander Raymond Ford Sr. and Lieutenant Judy Jackson. Each member maintains their immaculate white uniforms and are committed to serve at special short notice events. Membership is open to all members of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad who are highly motivated and maintain exceptionally high standards of appearance and conduct and show aptitude for ceremonial duty. Service with the Honor Guard is a voluntary labor of love and respect for the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, our community and our nation.

Jack Dye
Ray Ford, Sr.
Judy Jackson
Ron Bauman Susan Bauman
Pat Kavanaugh Ray Ford, Jr.
Bill Holland Barbara Moore
Jim Obal Rebecca Rydberg
Ronnie Yancey Walt Yancey