LITTLE SILVER, NJ -- In honor and remembrance of the volunteer and paid emergency medical services workers who have died in the line of duty nationwide, volunteer EMS squads through New Jersey and the country will observe a moment of radio silence on Saturday, June 26.
The 13th Annual National EMS Moment of Silence, at 10 p.m. on the East Coast, will be part of the National EMS Memorial Service held in Colorado, which is an all-volunteer effort, according to Barbara Aras, president of the 80-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council. The NJSFAC represents more than 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with hundreds of first-aid and rescue squads throughout the state.
For the first time, this year’s Memorial Service will be streamlined live on the Internet via http://live.nemsms.org beginning at 8 p.m. DST (or 6 p.m. MDT). The Moment of Silence and Web cast will allow EMS personnel and the general public to participate in the effort without traveling to Colorado or Roanoke, VA, where a simultaneous Moment of Silence will be observed. For more information, visit http://nemsms.org/silence.htm
“EMS responders put their lives on the line each day, and unfortunately, some end up giving their lives,” Aras said. “Whether it was being hit by a car during a call on a busy roadway, a heart attack suffered after a stressful rescue, or a medical helicopter crash, the EMS workers who have died did so while doing what they loved.”
She added that on 9/11, nearly three dozen EMS workers were killed during the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Aras requested that anyone unable to take part in the day’s activities at least pause for a moment during the day to reflect on the departed EMS responders.
For information on becoming an EMS volunteer in New Jersey, visit http://www.njsfac.org or call (800) 390-8991.