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FDNY EMS Medal Day 2005

CHRISTOPHER J. PRESCOTT MEDAL

CHRISTOPHER J. PRESCOTT MEDALEmergency Medical Technician Christopher J. Prescott had embarked on a career of public service dedicated to the preservation of human life. It was in the pursuit of that noble endeavor while operating at a motor vehicle accident that he lost his life after being struck by a drunk driver. He became the first member of the Emergency Medical Service to make the Supreme Sacrifice in the line of duty. Serving with EMS for just more than a year, EMT Prescott already had made a lasting impression on everyone who worked with him. The consensus of his peers was that this young man was as compassionate and skilled as anyone in the field, including the most seasoned veteran. His coworkers at Brooklyn Station 34 (now Station 39) recognized him as Rookie of the Year in 1993. His expertise and dedicated commitment to his colleagues and profession went well beyond his youthful 22 years. In his relatively short time on the job, EMT Prescott was credited with several pre-hospital save citations, underscoring the level of commitment and expertise he quickly demonstrated as an EMT. This year, we mark the 11th anniversary of EMT Prescott’s death, but the passage of time has not lessened his place in EMS history. Untold numbers of New Yorkers have been deprived of the skills and dedication that he possessed. His legacy lives on in the highest honor for EMS--the Christopher J. Prescott Medal. There is a cash award of $500, donated by Robert Ungar.--Sponsored by the EMTs and Paramedics Union

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