CASTINE – Sarah Hudson of Castine, associate professor of ships medicine at Maine Maritime Academy, has been honored by Majabigwaduce Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, with the Community Service Award.
The local chapter of the national women’s service organization in Brooksville recognized Hudson’s more than 30 years of volunteer service to communities and the state in emergency medical services.
Elizabeth Hotchkiss, chapter regent, presented the award to Hudson in September during a ceremony attended by Maine Maritime Academy President Leonard Tyler and Joe-Anne Corwin, adjunct faculty in psychology at MMA and vice regent, Majabigwaduce Chapter. Hudson received a framed certificate and a pin.
According to Hotchkiss, the objectives of DAR are to encourage and promote historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavors. The Community Service Award recognizes local people from a variety of walks of life for volunteer achievements in educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical or citizenship endeavors, or environmental conservation.
Hudson was selected for the Community Service Award based on her longtime dedication and volunteer service in furthering emergency medical services and training. She is president of Northeast Emergency Medical Services, a division of Maine EMS, the central agency responsible for coordination and integration of state activities concerning emergency medical services.
In 2003, Gov. John Baldacci named Hudson the Governor’s Citizen of the Year for her contribution to EMS and the number of lives she has saved directly and indirectly. A co-founder of Castine’s volunteer ambulance service, Bagaduce Ambulance Corps, Hudson is the volunteer service chief. She teaches CPR and first aid to elementary school children, fire departments and EMS response teams. Recently she retired from the American Heart Association regional board after 25 years.
At Maine Maritime Academy, Hudson is an associate professor of ships medicine, having trained future mariners advanced techniques for providing medical treatment at sea since 1989. She is also a professional instructor of emergency medical technicians and an active faculty member in volunteer activities with students outside the classroom.
Majabigwaduce Chapter presents only one award annually to a worthy candidate, Hotchkiss said. The last award the group presented was in 2004.
The chapter has been working on Hudson’s application for more than a year, gathering information and supporting documents. Her local award qualifies her for consideration for a national DAR award.