Late EMT honored with good deed campaign

“Be Like Brendon Week” honors Brendon Cousino by encouraging the public to perform simple acts of kindness


By EMS1 Staff

RICHMOND, Vt. — An EMT who was killed in a vehicle crash is being honored with a public good deed campaign.

WCAX reported that Richmond Rescue volunteer EMT Brendon Cousino was killed in July 2015 by a driver who was going the wrong way.

Richmond Rescue volunteer EMT Brendon Cousino was killed in July 2015 by a driver who was going the wrong way. (Photo/Richmond Rescue)
Richmond Rescue volunteer EMT Brendon Cousino was killed in July 2015 by a driver who was going the wrong way. (Photo/Richmond Rescue)

"He was a really goofy kid but also one of the most caring and selfless people that I have ever met," Cousino’s brother, Zach, said.

Cousino is now honored at the end of July with “Be Like Brendon Week,” which encourages the public to perform random acts of kindness towards others.

"The thought is it's going to be a really tough week every year just knowing that he is not here, so I figured why not try to turn it into a positive," Zach said.

Richmond Rescue member Taylor Yates said the department also does their part to honor Cousino in their own way.

"For a few days before and after the anniversary of his death we wear orange to commemorate him," Yates said.

Yates added that an award was also named after him.

“The Brendon Cousino award is for members who exemplify those same qualities that Brendon brought to the squad,” he said.

Zach said Cousino would be proud of the tradition that honors him.

“Oh, he would love it. He would be the first one to take part in this.” 

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