SJEH Honors Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Services of the Fire Department of New York City, Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau and other emergency lifesaving companies were honored by St. John’s Episcopal Hospital on Tuesday, May 18, during National Emergency Medical Services Week. The ceremony and lunch took place at the EMS 47 Rockaway Station at 303 Beach 49 Street, Far Rockaway, NY. The Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad was represented by Nat Etrog, captain of the water rescue squad, and director of Outpatient Mental Health Programs at St. John’s.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Emergency Department honored a representative from both EMS of New York City and the Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau. The honorees were paramedic Thomas McCarthy of EMS 47 Rockaway Station and Erik Fischer, AMT, of the Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau, honored for their community service and dedication. John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, praised the staff of EMS and Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau for their dedication to excellence and commitment to their patients. Dr. Eric Nazziola, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. John’s, thanked them for saving lives, often under difficult and dangerous conditions. Chief Michael Fitton, EMS Division 4 (Queens), spoke of their personal and family sacrifices and commitment to their jobs.
McCarthy was honored for his willingness to assist with patients in the Emergency Department and delivering quality care as a paramedic in the Rockaway community. He was also cited for his positive attitude and kindness to his patients.