The purpose of the National EMS Memorial Service is to remember and honor those emergency medical services personnel who have died in the line of duty and to recognize the ultimate sacrifice they have made for their fellow man.

The Memorial

The National EMS Memorial is composed of the Tree of Life and the Memorial Book. The Tree of Life is a representation of an oak tree, symbolizing strength. The name, agency and date of loss of each National EMS Memorial Service honoree is engraved on a bronze oak leaf, which [...] Read More

The Service

The National EMS Memorial Service is a nondenominational ceremony held each year to honor those men and women of America's EMS systems who have lost their lives in the line of duty. During the ceremony family members, friends, coworkers, EMS and political leaders, and colleagues from EMS [...] Read More

Weekend of Honor

The National EMS Memorial Service is not a single event but rather encompasses a number of events spanning three days, all centered around and leading up to the Saturday evening ceremony known as "the National EMS Memorial Service." [...] Read More

Moment of Silence

The National Moment of Silence is a project of the National EMS Memorial Service. Reading these pages should provide you with any information [...] Read More

Notice of Fatality

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The National EMS Memorial Service is held each year to honor those who have lost their lives while saving others in EMS related incidents [...] Read More

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Erik P. Steciak 2016 Honoree

Erik P. Steciak Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Bel Air, Maryland Erik P. Steciak of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company in Bel Air, Maryland, died at the age of 29 on January 6, 2015. Erik joined the department in December 2011 and made a huge impact on the department and everyone he met. Fire […]

David J. Schneider, Jr. 2016 honoree

David J. Schneider, Jr. Native Air Globe, Arizona David Schneider’s career as a pilot spanned 25 years. He was no stranger to serving, not only his community in EMS, but his country. In the U.S. Army, he was a Warrant Officer and a special operations pilot serving multiple combat tours in the Middle East. David […]

Tyrone Rogers 2016 Honoree

Tyrone Rogers FDNY-EMS New York, New York Tyrone was an EMT’s EMT. Having started his career in the New York City Emergency Medical Service, he cared for everyone he knew as if they were members of his own family especially the kids in the neighborhood. “Ty” worked on one of the busiest ambulances in the […]

Ronald Scott Rector 2016 Honoree

Ronald Scott Rector Arch Air Medical Services St. Louis, Missouri Ron was described as a hard charger in-life, warrior for our nation, provider for his family and a friend to all who knew him. On March 7, 2015, after dropping off his crew and their patient at the St. Louis University Hospital, Ron flew to […]

Kenneth D. Prunty 2016 Honoree

Kenneth D. Prunty Tri-Community Ambulance Monongahela, Pennsylvania Kenneth “Ken” Prunty was a Paramedic for the Tri-Community Ambulance and joined the department June 3, remaining with the ambulance group for 31 years. He began as a volunteer First Responder and then became an EMT, eventually moving to Paramedic. He was a great provider and exceptional leader. […]

Hinal Patel 2016 Honoree

Hinal Patel Spotswood Emergency Medical Services Old Bridge, New Jersey Hinal Patel was born February 6, 1993 in Edison, New Jersey to Ketan A. and Darshana K. Patel. She lived in Piscataway all her life. She was a graduate of Piscataway High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in May 2015; she […]