More than 250 emergency workers from all over Virginia, came together Thursday night to train, prepare, and prevent emergencies.

This conference is put on by the Virginia Emergency Managers Association (VEMA) held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Here, crews learn from other emergency workers that went through traumatic situation like the Boston marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, and other storm recoveries.

Rockbridge County Emergency Management and Hazardous Material Coordinator Robert Foresman received the Emergency Management Professional of the Year Award.

Montgomery County Emergency Services Coordinator Neal Turner received the Stanly Everett Crigger Humanitarian Award

Our very own WDB7's Melissa Gaona and photographer Adam Ward also received the Media Award. Montgomery County Emergency Services Coordinator Neal Turner says both Gaona and Ward received recognition for their coverage on weather, accidents, and teamwork. "Their coverage on fire prevention, meeting with us to talk about training, to show the demonstrations of Lifeguard 10, the Carilion Star Points training that we did last year, and even when they are on scene of a traffic accident," explained Turner.

This conference is held once a year and the mission is that crews will bring knowledge and tools back into their communities to better emergency response.

Other emergency organizations represented at the VEMA Awards Dinner were Roanoke, Montgomery, Giles, Patrick, Carroll, Henry, Rockbridge, and Pittsylvania Counties as well as the cities of Salem, Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Danville.