Ralph E. Oswald 2016 Honoree

Ralph E. OswaldRalph E. Oswald

Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Hampton Bays, New York

Ralph dedicated his life to his community, serving as a member of the North Lindenhurst Fire Department, Dix Hills Fire Department, Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

He was also training a next generation of Suffolk County first responders, teaching an EMT course at the ambulance corps in which one of his own sons is a student. The citizens of his community are indebted to Ralph and all of the first responders who risk their lives every day in order to protect and save them in our time of need.

On February 9, 2015, Ralph responded to a call of an unresponsive male. While providing an assessment on the patient he told his co-workers he was experiencing distress and then collapsed in cardiac arrest.

You are always with me; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterword you will take me into glory…I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge. Psalm 73:23-28

Honored 2016