The Shinnston News & Harrison County Journal has named Cole Brovey as May’s Citizen of the Month, a program sponsored by Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston – locally owned & operated.

Cole Brovey

By TRINA RUNNER

News & Journal Staff Writer

It’s not often that a high school student sets a goal as lofty as Cole Brovey’s.  He hopes to complete 5,000 hours of volunteering by the time he graduates from Bridgeport High School in 2019.  He recently passed that halfway mark, logging over 2,500 hours as a volunteer for WVU Medicine at United Hospital Center.

The honor student volunteers every week, with extra hours on holidays and during the summer.  He actively pursued the position after deciding at the age of 12 that he wanted to work in the medical field.  Now finishing his sophomore year at BHS, Brovey has proven that his goals are a priority and he is well on his way to exceeding the 5,000 hours originally planned.

“I truly enjoy helping others and making sure the unit runs smoothly,” said Brovey.  “I help pass out meals, answer call bells, stock supplies and help with discharge duties.”

Brovey primarily volunteers in the Maternal Child Unit, known for labor and delivery.  He also occasionally volunteers in Outpatient Surgery.  He has certifications in Basic Life Support, CPR, AED, passed the Basic Dysrhythmia class, and is scheduled to take the Advanced Caria Life Support class this summer.

In addition to volunteering, Brovey is also a Eucharistic Minister and Altar Server at All Saints Catholic Church, helps at the WVU Medicine United Hospital Booth at Children’s Day in the Park, and greeted attendees at the Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention Seminars held locally.  He is also an active member of BHS Drug Free Club of America and BHS DECA.

“The doctors and staff have always treated me professionally and I continue to learn more and more about the career options in medicine,” said Brovey.  “I am eager to learn all about the medical profession and the volunteering gives me first-hand experience to ensure that I have all the knowledge needed when it comes to making my decision in a couple of years.  I am so excited to have exceeded 2,500 hours by the end of my sophomore year and hope it inspires others to volunteer too.”