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Bank honors Holbrook rape-crisis volunteers

Mary Ann Lemack, of East Islip, of Emergency

Mary Ann Lemack, of East Islip, of Emergency Room Companions Credit: Handout

A Holbrook-based group of volunteer rape-crisis counselors, Emergency Room Companions, has been named Citizen of the Week by Citizens Bank. 

The group helped more than 200 sexual assault and domestic violence victims on Long Island last year, the bank said in a Tuesday news release. 

The award is meant to recognize outstanding community service on behalf of not-for-profits. 

The Emergency Room Companions program is part of the Holbrook-based Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center, of Suffolk County's Victims Information Bureau. 

"These volunteers are trained to meet victims of domestic violence or sexual assault at hospital emergency rooms to provide support, information about hospital and police procedures, and referrals to the VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center, among other services," the bank said. 

Emergency Room Companions' volunteers are trained and certified rape-crisis counselors, the county says. To become certified, they complete a 40-hour training program, and they are on call to respond to any Suffolk County hospital to meet with victims of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence. (To become an emergency room companion, click here for an application.)

VIBS coordinator of volunteer programs Mary Ann Lemack, of East Islip (shown in photo, above), was chosen to represent the Emergency Room Companions.

Citizens Bank accepts nominations for Citizen of the Week.


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