Jason Adams, Sherwood Fire Department, Arkansas, 1/22/2016
Samantha Agins, New Jersey Camp – Jaycees, Pennsylvania, 8/11/2015
Clarence W. Barrow, The Roosevelt Hospital, New York, 11/25/1905
Hannah Callahan, Kings County Hospital, New York, 12/3/1954
Stacey Cernadas, Haynes Life Flight, Alabama, 3/26/2016
Sandra Cline, Mercy Health Life Star Ambulance, Ohio, 9/23/2016
E. Scott Danielson, Lakeland Emergency Squad, New Jersey, 1/16/2016
Raymond Davis, Lubbuck County Hospital District Ambulance, Texas, 9/18/2003
Larry Fuller, Hunter Ambulance Inc, New York, 4/20/2016
Chad Hammond, Haynes Life Flight, Alabama, 3/26/2016
Yuji Irie, American Medflight, Nevada, 11/18/2016
Deborah Kroon, Cal-ore Life Flight, Oregon, 7/29/2016
Morris Linker, Reception Hospital, New York, 8/23/1943
John Lynch, Worcester Ems/Umass Memorial Medical Center, Massachusetts, 12/5/2016
Charles Mcmahan, Tri State Ambulance, West Virginia, 12/17/2016
Harry T. Mesh, Harbor Hospital, New York, 3/13/1938
Larry Mills, Cal-ore Life Flight, Oregon, 7/26/2016
Robert Morton, Jr., St Vincent’s Hospital of Staten Island, New York, 4/11/1938
Jonathan Noce, Joachim-Plattin Ambulance District, Missouri, 5/25/2016
Nathan Rabison, Unity Hospital, New York, 7/29/1946
Lowell Satterwhite, Sr. Dakota City Fire & Rescue, Nebraska, 9/11/2016
Jacob Shepherd, American Medflight, Nevada, 11/18/2016
Brian Shepler, West Jefferson Medical Center, Louisiana, 2/10/2016
Jason Snipes, Haynes Life Flight, Alabama, 3/26/2016
Eric Speck, Dakota City Fire & Rescue, Nebraska, 6/27/2016
Michelle Tarwater, Cal-ore Life Flight, Oregon, 7/29/2016
John Ulmschneider, Prince George County Fire/Ems Department, Maryland, 4/15/2016
Tiffany Urresti, American Medflight, Nevada, 11/18/2016
Photos by Mark Mennie
Washington, D.C. – The National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will pay tribute to our fallen EMS and air medical providers from throughout the United States during the 2017 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled May 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Va.
There are many activities and events during the three-day Weekend of Honor, including two events that the public and media are invited and encouraged to attend as a show of support for the selfless service and sacrifice of the 2017 honorees:
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
The Arrival & Tribute of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR)
The NEMSMBR celebrates the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or nonemployment-related causes.
About 100 EMS Memorial Bike Riders, led by a procession of EMS vehicles, will arrive at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, concluding a trip that began on May 13 in Boston and kicking off the 2017 Weekend of Honor.
Riders are predominantly EMS professionals from across the U.S., and each rider wears dog tags bearing an honoree’s name, agency and date of their loss.
Upon arrival at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, the Presentation of Dog Tags to the families will occur. The rider will meet the family in front of the honoree’s biography to present one of their two dog tags worn during the ride — an emotionally powerful part of the Honor Weekend. The rider will keep the other dog tag as a lifetime reminder of the honoree’s sacrifice.
The Presentation of the Dog Tags is immediately followed by a short ceremony.
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS)
The National EMS Memorial Service, a formal ceremony to honor fallen EMS professionals who have died in the line of duty, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
The entire memorial service can be viewed via live-streaming. Hundreds of EMS personnel from across the country will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the NEMSMS, along with friends, co-workers of current and past honorees, dignitaries, EMS and business leaders, and government officials.
All participants in the NEMSMS will be in dress uniform, flight suits, or similar appropriate attire. Honor Guards, along with bagpipe and drum corps will volunteer their time and services throughout the weekend.
An American flag, flown over the nation’s capitol, will be presented to each of the twenty-nine honoree’s family along with the NEMSMS medallion. During the service, a National Moment of Silence will be called at 6 p.m. (Eastern), so that EMS agencies across the U.S. can pause simultaneously in 30 seconds of radio silence to pay respect and remember the fallen—together.
The year’s honorees are highlighted in a special Tribute Video, followed by an uplifting Candlelight Ceremony that concludes the service. The National EMS Memorial “Tree of Life” will be on display.
Bronze oak leaves are engraved with the names of fallen honorees for each year since 1993. In August 2015, the three EMS organizations named above agreed to collaborate on a shared vision and strategic plan to honor EMS heroes who have died in the line of duty.
They are continuing to move forward with efforts to establish a permanent National EMS Memorial in the greater Washington, D.C. area, an effort being led by the National EMS Memorial Foundation.
More updates on these efforts will be forthcoming. “This year, the National EMS Weekend of Honor coincides with the beginning of National EMS Week, which is May 21-27,” said Jana Williams, president of the National EMS Memorial Service. “Our nation’s capital area in Northern Virginia is a fitting location for these annual memorial events that commemorate our country’s brave men and women in the field of emergency medical services.”
Register for this year’s memorial service by clicking the button below:
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 and EMS service was not just a job it was his passion; helping people in any way possible was his goal.
As a Paramedic he was known to be a mentor and helped new members obtain certification. Numerous times members stated that the only reason they were able to pass was the passion and assistance they received from Erik.
Erik and his partner were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on January 6, 2015. The hazardous road conditions made it necessary for additional units and, while assisting those units, Erik was struck by another unit and later died at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
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 was a passionate outdoorsman, and before a career in EMS, once worked as a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park — and flew chartered tours in Hawaii.
On the evening of December 15, 2015, Native Air 5, while returning to base in Globe, Arizona, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, crashed into the Superstitions Mountains.
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 City of New York responding to more calls for help in one month than many ambulances around the country responded to in a year. When other units heard “Charlie of the 3-4” on the air they knew Ty was there to help.
Having worked in some of the meanest streets in the city, Tyrone witnessed on a first-hand basis what could happen to the younger residents of the area. This led him to help organize the first EMS Explorer Post in NYC with a small group of neighborhood kids who routinely spent time hanging out in front of his ambulance garage. The kids would follow ambulances and fire trucks to big jobs on their bicycles. Tyrone drafted other members of the station to help the kids with homework and insisted they stay in school. Many of the kids went on to enter the FDNY High School of Fire and Life Safety, earning jobs in EMS related fields, including FDNY EMS upon graduation.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Tyrone responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center and spent many hours searching the rubble in the days following. At the time he did not know the dust he was exposed to would eventually prove fatal. As a result of this exposure, he died on March 7, 2013. Tyrone’s legacy lives on in the hundreds of children he helped throughout his life.
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 their downtown base to refuel so they could respond to another flight request if needed. On his way back to the hospital to pick up his crew, his helicopter crashed just before reaching the hospital.
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and don a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew
And while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
Ron is greatly missed by his family, his coworkers, and his many friends.
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. Ken took on any duties that were given and asked for more. He was a self-starter and motivated.
Ken died on November 22, 2014 after responding to a call and returning to the station at the age of 50. He will be remembered by his service as a great educator, mentor, and friend.
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 would have been attending Newark Bio Medical School for her Master’s in the fall of that year.
Hinal worked for Spotswood EMS and was a summer intern for Actavis in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She was a volunteer for North Shelton Rescue Squad in Piscataway and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. She loved socializing and going to the beach. She was very family oriented and enjoyed spending time with them.
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Hinal and her partner were responding to assist East Brunswick Rescue Squad on a motor vehicle crash with injuries when the ambulance was struck by another vehicle.