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Chief James Scullion Medal

February 23, 1997, 1705 hours
Empire State Building, Manhattan

Paramedic:
Guy Grillo


Guy Grillo

EMT-D:
Colleen McEvoy-Torres


Colleen McEvoy-Torres

EMT-D:
Robert Bentkowski


Robert Bentkowski

Guy Grillo was appointed to EMS on October 31, 1989. Assigned to EMS Battalion 8. He is the recipient of nine pre-hospital save awards and numerous commendations. He attended Queens College. He resides in Brooklyn.

Colleen McEvoy-Torres was appointed to EMS on June 15, 1987, and currently works for North Shore University Hospital as a Paramedic. She is the recipient of 12 pre-hospital save awards and five commendations. She attended the College of Staten Island. She resides in Oceanside, Long Island, with her husband, FDNY EMS Lieutenant William Torres, Jr.

Robert Bentkowski was appointed to EMS on January 9, 1989. Assigned to EMS Battalion 4. He is the recipient of six pre-hospital save awards, 12 letters of recognition and two commendations. He attended Manhattan College. He resides in New Windsor with his wife, Janet (assigned to EMS Battalion 16), and their daughters, Ashley, Kristine and Margaret.


In the City of New York, anything can happen. Most times, it is something unique and wonderful. But, sometimes, it is something terribly inexplicable. It was a quiet, beautiful, spring-like day in the month of February, with the winds blowing slightly through the canyons of the skyscrapers in Manhattan. Sundays are usually quiet days for EMS in Manhattan. However, this was not a typical Sunday. At approximately 1705 hours, a call was received for a person shot at the Empire State Building. Paramedics Guy Grillo and Colleen McEvoy-Torres and EMT-Ds Robert Bentkowski, Rafael Cintron, Robert Amrani and Claire Cinque responded. The location reported was one of the highest spots within our great city--the observation deck of the building. Grabbing their Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support life-saving equipment, Paramedic McEvoy-Torres and EMT-D Cinque took the elevator and responded to the observation deck. Paramedic McEvoy-Torres and EMT/D Cinque were the first to reach the 86th floor directly, while their partners were only able to reach the 82nd floor and had to traverse the remaining floors by foot to reach the observation deck. Within three minutes, the remaining EMT and Paramedic team members reached the 86th floor. As soon as the elevator doors on the 86th floor opened, the crew was confronted by two critically injured people who had been shot by an unknown assailant. Since they were the first emergency responders to reach the observation deck, they immediately called for police assistance. The scene was chaotic, with screams of pain and terror echoing throughout the halls and observation deck.
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