2010-06-04 / Community

SJEH Honors Emergency Medical Services

Thomas McCarthy, paramedic, EMS 47 Rockaway Station, (center) displays the plaque he received for community service. Pictured with him are (from left to right): John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital; Captain Nancy Gilligan, EMS 47 Rockaway Station; Chief Steve Lincke, EMS Division 4 of Queens; Chief Michael Fitton, Division Chief, EMS Division 4; Janice Olszewski, Deputy Chief, EMS Division 4; Ross Terranova, Deputy Chief, EMS Division 4; Vicky Backus, NP, Director, St. John’s Emergency Department; and Eric Nazziola, MD, Chairman, Emergency Medicine, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Thomas McCarthy, paramedic, EMS 47 Rockaway Station, (center) displays the plaque he received for community service. Pictured with him are (from left to right): John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital; Captain Nancy Gilligan, EMS 47 Rockaway Station; Chief Steve Lincke, EMS Division 4 of Queens; Chief Michael Fitton, Division Chief, EMS Division 4; Janice Olszewski, Deputy Chief, EMS Division 4; Ross Terranova, Deputy Chief, EMS Division 4; Vicky Backus, NP, Director, St. John’s Emergency Department; and Eric Nazziola, MD, Chairman, Emergency Medicine, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. 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.

The ceremony for National Emergency Medical Services that took place at EMS 47 Rockaway Station on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, was opened by Rev. Jaime Pena and Rabbi Zalman Baida, chaplains from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. The ceremony for National Emergency Medical Services that took place at EMS 47 Rockaway Station on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, was opened by Rev. Jaime Pena and Rabbi Zalman Baida, chaplains from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. 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.

Erik Fischer, AMT, Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau, (third from left) was honored at a ceremony accompanied by (from left to right): John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital; Vicky Backus, NP, Director, St. John’s Emergency Department; Deputy Inspector Kenneth Hettler, Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau; Paul R. Divver, Jr., AMT Supervisor, Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau; and Eric Nazziola, MD, Chairman, Emergency Medicine, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Fischer had also been nominated for top ambulance medical technician in Nassau County. Erik Fischer, AMT, Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau, (third from left) was honored at a ceremony accompanied by (from left to right): John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital; Vicky Backus, NP, Director, St. John’s Emergency Department; Deputy Inspector Kenneth Hettler, Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau; Paul R. Divver, Jr., AMT Supervisor, Nassau County Emergency Ambulance Bureau; and Eric Nazziola, MD, Chairman, Emergency Medicine, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Fischer had also been nominated for top ambulance medical technician in Nassau County. 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.
EMT Larry DiFiore of EMS 47 Rockaway Station presented a bouquet of flowers to Captain Nancy Gilligan on behalf of the men and women of the Rockaway Station.  EMT Larry DiFiore of EMS 47 Rockaway Station presented a bouquet of flowers to Captain Nancy Gilligan on behalf of the men and women of the Rockaway Station.

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