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Chief James Scullion Medal

February 5, 1997, 1145 hours
1777 Grand Concourse, the Bronx

EMT-D: Henry Reed

EMT-D: Rosemary Rayburn

Henry Reed was appointed to EMS on May 12, 1971. Assigned to EMS Battalion 14. He has been cited several times. Resides in the Bronx with his wife, Rosa. They have a daughter, Jasmine, a son, Jonathan, and a five-year-old grandson, Daniel.

Henry Reed

Rosemary Rayburn was appointed to EMS on July 28, 1987. Was assigned to EMS Battalion 14 (retired July 1999). She is the recipient of six pre-hospital saves. She resides in Monroe, NY.

Rosemary Rayburn

On February 5, 1997, at 1145 hours, EMT-D Henry Reed and EMT-D Rosemary Rayburn were seated in their ambulance, at 1777 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. They were on standby status at the scene of an NYPD narcotics field operation. Through their past training and experience, they knew that this kind of operation could turn volatile in a matter of seconds. After being at the scene for a short time, they began hearing the unmistakable sound of shots being fired. It wasn’t long before a police officer ran up to the ambulance and shouted that a police captain had just been shot. Without a moment’s hesitation, with the sound of gunfire still ringing around them, EMT-Ds Reed and Rayburn ran to the assistance of the wounded police officer. They immediately sized up his injuries--a shot to the face and a leg--and administered life-saving treatment. Upon stabilizing the police captain, the two EMT-Ds loaded him into their ambulance and rapidly transported him to the Lincoln Hospital emergency room. They gave the emergency room physicians a full report of his condition and turned the police captain over to their care. EMT-D Henry Reed and EMT-D Rosemary Rayburn proved themselves to be true heroes on this day. Realizing that time was critical in treating the wounded police officer, they entered into an unsecured scene in order to reach his side and administer much-needed, life-saving medical treatment. For their actions, they are presented with the Chief James Scullion Medal for 1997.--LK


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