Between EMS week and the transition between spring and summer, May holds one other very important event for EMS: the National EMS Memorial Service.
This year 17 EMS providers who died in the line of duty will be remembered and added to the National EMS Memorial which, sadly, is without a home.
Of the 17 people honored this year, 9 died in medical aviation accidents. Three were killed in motor vehicle collisions, one died from complications from rescue work at the 9-11 site in New York City. One died from cardiac arrest, one from a fall and the last during a flood rescue.
An increasing number of EMS providers are participating in bike rides (as long as 600 miles) to show support for the National EMS Memorial Service and to bring attention to the cause. The National Moment of Silence is scheduled for Saturday, May 26th at 20:00 hours.
Let's show our support for the museum and those who died in the line of duty. Participate in the moment of silence and support a permanent, meaningful home for the heroes who are no longer with us.