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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2009



The Empire State Building, in partnership with the New York City Fire Department, will be illuminated in yellow, white, and blue in celebration of EMS Week 2009 starting at sunset on Friday, May 15.  The tower lights will also be lit at sunset on Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17, marking the first day across the country of National EMS Week 2009.

EMS Week is an annual week-long series of events designed to promote public safety among all New Yorkers, attract potential EMS recruits and celebrate the life-saving efforts of more than 3,000 members of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Other events include the Second Chance Brunch, where rescuers are reunited with the people whose lives they saved in the past year, which will be held on Tuesday May 19 at 11 a.m. at the FDNY Academy on Randall’s Island and an EMS competition to be held at the Metrotech Commons on Thursday May 21.

For more information on the Empire State Building and the Lighting Partners program, visit

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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