EMS Memorial Service to be held May 24
Twenty-three emergency medical service (EMS) providers who died in recent years while on duty assisting sick or injured persons will be honored at the National EMS Memorial Service to be held May 24 at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. The provider-honorees served with rescue squads, fire departments, medevac services, and ambulances services and represent 17 states.
The names of the honorees are engraved on individual brass leaves that constitute the “Tree of Life,” a permanent memorial to EMS personnel who died in the line of duty. The “Tree” is part of the “To The Rescue” display at the national EMS exhibit in Roanoke. A photograph and brief biography of the EMS providers are placed in the National EMS Memorial Book.
Ninety-six providers from 27 states have been memorialized since the service was established in 1993 by the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. All volunteer and career personnel who died in any year may be nominated for inclusion in the service. For additional information, contact Ruth B. Robertson, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Department of Health, at (804) 371-3500, fax: (804) 371-3543.