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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