St.John's Episcopal Hospital Celebrates EMS Week
Eergency Medical Services, the first responders who rush to give lifesaving aid and comfort at scenes of tragedy and disaster, were honored by St. John's Episcopal Hospital at its first EMS Week celebration on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. EMS Week was held nationally from May 18 to 24, 2008.
Emergency Medical Service practitioners from the New York City Fire Department and Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department were praised at a ceremony for their dedication and professionalism when they are the first line of help in crises large and small. As emergency medical technicians and ambulance medical technicians mingled over lunch with top brass from the two agencies, two individuals were singled out for outstanding service to the community.
The honorees were Jean Nelson, an ambulance medical technician of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department and Neil O'Connor, emergency medical technician of the Fire Department of New York City. Addressing the packed room, John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of St. John's, said, "The highly trained men and women we honor here today risk life and injury daily, rushing to the scene of calamity and catastrophe, saving countless lives in their mission of protecting the community 24/7."