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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 14, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY:

NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES
NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK
MAY 16-22, 2004

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which will be held May 16-22, is designed to publicly recognize the life-saving work provided by more than 750,000 EMT’s, Paramedics and first responders and the crucial role these individuals perform in pre-hospital emergency medical care to millions of Americans each year. Their dedication and commitment is highlighted in one of this year’s themes, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Heroes.”

EMS Week also features special events and forums that seek to educate the public as well as attract potential recruits interested in careers as public service professionals dedicated to saving lives and helping others.

Over 1.3 million times a year in New York City (or, about 3,000 times a day), whenever lives are at stake, Paramedics, EMT’s and First Responders provide urgently needed medical care to residents and visitors in New York City. Often, the training and skills of our EMS professionals mean the difference between life and death.

This week we salute the members of the New York City Fire Department’s EMS Command and extend our appreciation to them for their commitment to outstanding pre-hospital care.

The following is a list of upcoming events:

Monday, May 17th, at 2 p.m. EMS Medal Day.
Held for the first time since 1999, EMS Medal Day recognizes the best of “The Best.” This event honors FDNY EMT’s and Paramedics who have gone above and beyond in the performance of their life-saving duties with the presentation of EMS Medals by the Mayor and the Fire Commissioner. The Medal presentation ceremony will be held at the Metrotech Commons, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn.

**Photo-Op**

Tuesday, May 18th, at 8 a.m. The 4th Annual Paramedic/EMT Competition.
This exciting event challenges EMTs and Paramedics as they put their skills to the test for a chance to represent the NYC Fire Department at the National EMS Competition in Orlando Florida later this year. This practical skills competition will be held at the Metrotech Commons, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn.

**Photo-Op**

Wednesday, May 19th, at 11 a.m. State EMS Memorial Dedication Ceremony.
Governor Pataki and State legislators, along with representatives from Statewide EMS systems will gather in Empire State Plaza to unveil and dedicate the New York State EMS Memorial. Honored this year will be EMT Christopher Prescott, EMT Tracy Allen-Lee, EMT Andre Lahens, Lieutenant Barbara Poppo, Lieutenant Ricardo Quinn, Paramedic Carlos Lillo.

Thursday, May 20th, at 10 a.m. The 10th Annual Second Chance Brunch.
This event reunites victims of sudden cardiac arrest with their rescuers. Once again, this year's brunch will be held at the Chase Metrotech Cafe, located 4 Chase Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

**Photo-Op**

Thursday, May 20th, at 8 p.m. Candlelight Vigil.
This event will honor members of FDNY EMS who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and as well as other EMT’s and Paramedics who passed away throughout the year. The ceremony will be held at USTA National Tennis Center, Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium Commemorative Garden, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Photo Op

**Photo-Op**

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Viriginia Lam (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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