The National EMS Memorial Service’s Weekend of Honor and National EMS Memorial Bike Ride took place in late May to honor EMS professionals whose lives were lost in the line of duty.
The Weekend of Honor began with the welcoming of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride East Coast Route riders on Friday, May 20th, at the Hyatt Regency-Crystal City in Arlington, VA.
Each rider carried dog tags of the fallen, which they presented to the families following their arrival at the Hyatt. Many of the NEMSBR riders began their journey in Boston while others started in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on the Capital-to-Capital Ride raising awareness of PTSD and other stress related issues that EMS providers face. In all they rode 1,000 miles!
The NEMSBR riders rode for 90 individuals – those who died in the line of duty and legacy individuals who made huge contributions to EMS throughout their careers, including Boston MedFlight's CEO Suzanne Wedel, MD.
It was only fitting that Flight for Life Colorado flight nurse Kristina Reavis rode in honor of Suzanne as well as STARFlight's Kristin McLain and Flight for Life Colorado's Patrick Mahany.
The National EMS Memorial Service closed out the Weekend of Honor on Saturday, May 21st. Thirty-two EMS and air medical individuals were honored for their service and sacrifice. There were approximately 600 attendees to the evening service that included families and friends of the fallen, stricken agencies, honor guard teams, volunteers and many others. FDNY EMS Chief James P. Booth was the guest keynote speaker for the service. The evening closed with moving candlelight ceremony.
Air Medical Memorial Service Aug. 19, 20
The Air Medical Memorial Service will be held in Littleton, CO. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20. Friday night will be the Memorial Lights Ceremony which will be followed on Saturday morning by the Air Medical Memorial Service.