J1004

Calling upon President Joseph R. Biden and Congress to support creation of a National Emergency Medical Services Memorial

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Senate Resolution No. 1004

BY: Senator MARTUCCI

CALLING upon President Joseph R. Biden and both
houses of the United States Congress to support
creation of a National Emergency Medical Services
Memorial

WHEREAS, The National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation
(NEMSMF) was established on July 6, 2007, with the sole purpose of
designing, building, and maintaining a permanent EMS Memorial in
Washington, DC, as the prestige of the nation's capital makes it the
most appropriate site for a National monument; and

WHEREAS, Emergency Medical Service providers from New York, Boston,
Delaware, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit spearheaded the effort to
create this national memorial which has grown exponentially and now
enjoys enthusiastic support from numerous individuals, communities, and
organizations from coast to coast, especially national organizations
representing Police, Fire, and EMS providers; and

WHEREAS, Emergency Medical Services is a crucial element of the
nation's infrastructure and homeland defense strategy, as the men and
women of EMS are often our nation's first line of defense in the
prevention and mitigation of risk from terrorist attacks, man-made
incidents, and natural disasters, putting their lives on the line each
and every day in order to provide critical care for their patients; and

WHEREAS, Each year, more than 860,000 EMS providers, dedicated and
courageous men and women, answer more than 30 million calls to serve
over 22 million patients in need of emergency pre-hospital care at a
moment's notice, and they do so without reservation and with little
regard for their personal safety; and

WHEREAS, According to the Department of Labor and the National
Highway Safety Administration, EMS providers die in the line of duty at
a rate of more than twice the national average for all occupational
fatalities and seven times higher from violence than all other health
care workers and during their careers, EMS providers experience an
injury rate of virtually 100%; and

WHEREAS, The National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation
seeks to establish a National EMS Memorial in Washington, DC consistent
with the Commemorative Works Act in order to guarantee that these men
and women, their families, their loved ones are properly recognized for
their ultimate sacrifice and to honor their valor, hard work and
dedication of all EMS providers, as even those who were killed during
the 9/11 attacks were "never remembered"; and

WHEREAS, There is no national memorial that acknowledges and exalts
the heroism and outstanding dedication to public service of EMS
providers, most especially the long overdue exaltation of the more than
600 men and women of our nation's emergency medical services that have
made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties; and

WHEREAS, An EMS provider fits the definition of a noble hero, one
who runs to danger when others run away, one who runs to assist others
without armor or weapon, every day in their countless encounters with
the afflicted and injured they use their talent and training to save
lives and alleviate suffering, often dealing with many ills and scourges
afflicting our society, racing towards places known for repeated calls
for assault or domestic violence, drug locations, gang turfs, they show
up to help, they perform with professional zeal to aid cardiac arrest
patients, people with infectious diseases and those plagued by the
growing epidemic of opioid addiction, just to name a few; and

WHEREAS, Congressman Peter King and Congressman Stephen Lynch have
introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1037, a Bill to Establish a
National EMS Memorial; this bill seeks to authorize the National EMS
Memorial Foundation to undertake this effort of designing, siting, and
creating a memorial to be located in Washington, DC, to honor the
service and sacrifice of our nation's EMS providers; now, therefore, be
it

WHEREAS, That President Joseph R. Biden and the Congress of the
United States be and hereby are respectfully memorialized by this
Legislative Body to strongly support the National EMS Memorial
Foundation's efforts to establish a National EMS Memorial in Washington,
DC; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause further to applaud the
Congressmen's efforts for their leadership in this matter and stand in
full support of H.R. 1037, a Bill to Establish a National EMS Memorial
in Washington, DC; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause further to urge all New
Yorkers to recognize the bravery and work of EMS providers and to
support this endeavor; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause further to call on all
municipal, state, and federal elected officials to support this endeavor
as well; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden; Vice
President of the United States, Kamala Harris; United States Senator,
Charles Schumer; United States Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand; Speaker of
the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi; and all 27 members of the
New York Congressional delegation.

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  • 28 / May / 2021
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

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