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  September 11,2001
Time stood still that tragic morning
"The World Trade Center has been struck by a plane" the reporters echoed over and over again "Our country is under attack" exclaimed President Bush There was an eerie silence in the sky as all planes had been grounded
Thousands of lives lost...Brave Firemen, Paramedics, and Police Officers gave up their Lives for the safety of many God be with us and give us strength to get through the war we are waging against Terrorist...  We Pray for support for all the victims and families that grieve
We Will Never Forget! We Will Never Forgive!
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I never dreamed it would be me, my name for all eternity, recorded here at this hallow place, alas,
my name, no more my face. "In the line of duty," I hear them say: my family now the price to pay.
My folded flag stained with their tears; we only had those few short years. The Patch no longer on my Sleeve, I sleep now in eternal rest. My sword I pass to those behind, and pray they keep this thought in mind.  I never dreamed it would be me, and with heavy heart and bended knee, I ask for all here from the past: Dear God, let my name be the last.
"I Never Dreamed"
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HERO'S LOST IN THE LINE OF DUTY
BRAVE EMS HERO'S LOST: 05
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We kiss are families goodbye, we give them a hug, and we tell them that “I Love You,” then we head to work.  Our office in not in a large building, our office is a highly sophisticated and built ambulance, equipped with many warning devices that light up the night and sirens that wails an eerie cry to please pull aside so that we may pass by.

Our office does not have a desk instead it has two bucket seats.  We depend upon on our partner who too has said goodbye to his/her family.  The partners work the next twelve hours side by side, always at the ready to answer someone’s cry for help.  Working four to five days a week in specially designed ambulances that provides the space and equipment used to treat and transport the sick and injured.

Working twelve hours together partners form a special bond, they work many terrible scenes that include homes or the twisted remains of a once intact vehicle.  We respond to hostile scenes where violence may still be taking place.  Partners work as one, communicating to one another instead open dialogue we communicate with body language.

At the end of our shift we clean and restock our mobile office and park it in its assigned spot.  The partners walk to their cars and wish each other a good day off and head for home. Once again the paramedic is reunited with their spouses and their children, seldom do we talk about our job, for some our jobs are called gruesome, for others they do not understand. Our spouse knows when we have a really bad call, through our silence at times.  What is not talked about are the many dangers we face, we don’t talk to our spouse about the possibility of injury or death.  We don’t talk about it to our partners, it’s an unspoken knowledge that the work we do can be so dangerous. (EMS DANGER)

Another day and time to leave for work, we once again say goodbye to our families, with a hug and a kiss.  Once again we join our partner and prepare our mobile office for another shift. As partners we call in service and begin our new day. (The pictures below illustrate the horror that every paramedic quietly thinks about in the back of his or her mine that a similar fate could occur today, tomorrow, or next month.)Every time we receive an emergency call the chances of sustaining a disabling injury or a fatal injury increases.  Drivers who have their car radios turn too loud, making the wail of the siren mute.

The emergency run alone is one of the most dangerous moments for the paramedic crew. Drivers who fail to the yield, or run a red light, or a stop sign could cause in the ambulance being hit. Assaults against paramedics continue to increase every year and as a result paramedics have become targets from the very patients that they are trying to help, Paramedics have sustained injuries and have been killed by both patients and even by distressed family members.

Then the unthinkable happens, a car fails to see or hear the Ambulance sirens and emergency lights, private vehicles have caused accidents that result in the striking of one or both the Paramedics working to save a life at the scene of a car accident.  A vehicle strikes one of the Paramedics killing him/instantly. 

The doorbell rings at the fallen medic’s home.  The spouse opens the door to find a paramedic supervisor and a police officer with their head held low.  The spouse knows that their loved one will, not becoming home tonight or any other night.  He or she has answered their final call.

There will be one last farewell as the casket is placed in an Ambulance now headed to the medic’s final resting place. A caravan forms behind the Ambulance, Ambulances, Fire Apparatus, and Police Vehicles follow behind, as their lights flashing, there is no wail of a siren just the eerie silence and muffled tears at the loss of a Partner as the casket is lowered with the fallen comrade.

  Forever Our Flag Will Fly

Hues red, white, and blue. The symbol of our nation, Strong, proud, and true.

Forever our flag will fly, A united nation we stand.

Helping and loving each other, side by side, hand in hand.  Forever our flag will fly.

Freedom and justice it shows.  All fifty stars united together.

This is the America I know.
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Any Man Or Woman Who Puts One self In Harms Way For The Sake Of Their Fellow Man Has Come To The Silent Realization That He Or She May Not Return
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PARAMEDICS, EMT'S, FIREFIGHTER EMS PERSONNEL RISK THIER LIVES EVERY DAY, TOO OFTEN THEY ARE DISRESPECTED, TAKEN FOR GRANTED, ASSUALTED, SHOT AT AND DIE KILLED OR MURDERED IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE LIVES--NEXT TIME YOU SEE THESE HERO'S PLEASE SAY THANK YOU....WE DO OUR JOBS AND BELIEVE ME IT IS NOT FOR THE PAY WE ARE THE WORST PAID PUBLIC SERVANTS....YET WE DO OUR JOB!!!!
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STUDY CONCLUDES EMT'S & PARAMEDICS ARE KILLED         IN THE LINE OF DUTY THAN POLICE & FIRE
Emergency Medical Personnel have an occupational fatality rate of 9.6 per 100,000 workers per year in transportation-related incidents, compared with 6.3 for police, 4.5 for fire fighters and 2 for average citizens.


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President Bush Addresses EMT's and Paramedics shortly after 09-11-2001
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  2014 IN THE LINE OF DUTY DEATHS
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Paramedic Raymond Bernard Allison, 52, of EMS

February 12, 2014
EMS Line of Duty Deaths Defined Protocol
A “Line of Duty Death” is defined as follows—An Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Medic who has lost their life in the performance of their job.  This includes transit to and from
their EMS Agency.

If a medic loses their life, the Line of Duty Death is reported on this site page within 24 hours of the incident. 

If you are aware of a medic who has lost his or her life in the Line of Duty and you do not see the loss reported here please contact this site’s webmaster with the individuals Level of Training, (i.e. EMT, Paramedics, Fight Nurse, or Pilot) Name, Age, Agency, Location, Details, (links to any media details are also helpful,) and Date. 

In addition if you are aware of any information regarding Trust Funds or other Memorials please notify this site’s webmaster so that the information can be listed.

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Dave
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During an emergency inter-hospital transfer Paramedic Allison was attending a patient.  The ambulance slide on ice rolled and caught fire, killing Paramedic Allison, their patient and a brother of the patient.  Paramedic Joann Adamiak 45, was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital.
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   Colorado Springs Selected New Home For National EMS Memorial
The National EMS Memorial Service announced Friday that Colorado Springs has been selected as the new home for the National "Tree of Life" EMS Memorial and the annual EMS Memorial Service, beginning in 2010. 

A site selection committee was established in 2006 to review options for the memorial and the annual service. According to a news release issued by the National EMS Memorial Service, 14 cities expressed interest, with three cities, Kansas City, Washington DC, and Colorado Springs named as finalists. Colorado Springs was the winner.

                         The National EMS Memorial Service press release states:
"This was not an easy choice for us. All three locations would have served well as hosts for the Service. This selection was the culmination of almost two years' work by our Site Selection Committee and other board members." said Memorial Service President Kevin L. Dillard.

Dillard's sentiments were echoed by Kevin Agard, Memorial Service board member and chair of the Site Selection Committee. "As someone involved in this process from the start, I can tell you without fear of contradiction that this was a most difficult decision for everyone involved. The coalitions from the EMS communities of Colorado Springs and Kansas City, along with the folks from the EMS Labor Alliance, who spearheaded the effort to bring the Service to the District of Columbia, put a lot of time, effort and money into promoting those locations. But more than that, they were all very supportive of our efforts and of the Service as a whole."

When asked why Colorado Springs was ultimately the choice, Agard said "This was not simply a matter of finding a place to erect a memorial. The new host city will also have to be able to support the ongoing annual event that is the National EMS Memorial Service. So this decision involved a fairly large number of factors for us. Paramount among these is our consideration for the family members of our honorees. Our focus has always been on the families and in the end, I believe that most of our board members voted the way they did because they believe that Colorado Springs is the best option for those families."

Dillard said the Memorial Service will move to Colorado Springs in 2010 and that the organization will now move on to the design and fund-raising phases of the project with an eye towards having the new memorial completed in time for that year's Memorial Service.
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                                          I lost special friends today that I never even knew.

Oh, I recognized their faces.  I'd seen so many times before. Wearing the uniforms of their profession, dirtied from previous calls I didn't know their hobbies or favorite foods; until today I didn't even know their names.  It didn't matter at the moment what their name’s had been.  What mattered most was that we had lost two fellow Paramedics.

You see, being a Paramedic is much more than showing up for work and drawing a paycheck. It's a commitment to your fellow man to be there when you are needed.

Paramedics are a unique family made up of individuals that share a common bond of service to others and a giving of your all so that others don't suffer.  It's rushing to scenes; it’s fighting with your entire heart, body and soul to save the life that is so desperately in need of your tender, loving care. It's defining the very embodiment of the term "public servant’s.”

My friends lived that commitment to the fullest; this is how I learned of their names. Their final call they rushed to the assistance of the sick and injured as they had done so many times before. 

This time however, they paid the ultimate price their lives.  They had always been there for others, but now we gather for them.  This we do to pay our respects for our hero’s; not because they died, but because they lived and served their fellow man well. 

As we pay our respects we pause and realize that for some greater reason unknown to us, their lies my friends. As I ponder the events that led me here, words alone cannot express the intense sorrow and yet, overwhelming pride that is felt.  Until today, I didn't know the name but I knew them well...

                                                                    As my friends had been fellow Medics...

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Also killed was the patient, 45-year-old Jose Cruz Gonzales Gurrola, and his brother Anacleto Gonzalez Gurrola, 43
Paramedic Steve Phillips  50, FirstHealth Regional EMS
May 20, 2014
Chesterfield,             SC
Died while on Duty of Cardiac Arrect
Died
EMT-B Alan Smith of ASAP EMS
June 24, 2014
Greene County    Mississippi
While responding lights and siren to an emergency call their Ambulance collided with a truck, causing both vehicle to catch fire.  Both Medics were killed in the accident and fire.
Killed
Paramedic Dennis Rushing  Allison, 52, of ASAP EMS
June 24, 2014
Greene County        Mississippi
While responding lights and siren to an emergency call their Ambulance collided with a truck, causing both vehicle to catch fire.  Both Medics were killed in the accident and fire.
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Paramedic Gerald "Garry" Hammer 62, of Parkview LaGrange EMS
January 31, 2014
   LaGrange,             IN
Died while on Duty of Cardiac Arrect
Died