Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today announced the death of Fire Department EMT Andre Lahens, age 47, of EMS Battalion 39 in Brooklyn. EMT Lahens, a 25-year veteran of the FDNY EMS Bureau, died earlier today as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty on April 18, 2002.

Lahens and his partner Michael Steffens were working the evening shift in the East New York section of Brooklyn on Thursday. While en-route to a report of a Police Officer shot at 2535 Euclid Avenue another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed broadsided their ambulance. The force of the collision caused the ambulance to over-turn, ejecting Lahens and pinning Steffens in the ambulance. Lahens was transported in traumatic arrest to Brookdale Hospital where, despite the efforts of the surgical staff, he remained unconscious and succumbed to his injuries. Steffens was transported to Kings County Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition and has since been released.

Andre Lahens was appointed to the Department on August 1, 1977. After graduating from the Department's EMS Academy, he was assigned to various EMS Stations throughout Queens and Brooklyn including; Battalion 46 at Elmhurst Hospital, Battalion 50 at Queens General Hospital, Battalion 31 at Cumberland Hospital and Battalion 39 on Pennsylvania Avenue. During his career, he was awarded the Medal of Honor and several "pre-hospital saves" and even acted as a provisional Lieutenant from 1994-95. An avid tennis fan, Andre taught the sport to under privileged inner city youth in his off time.

EMT Lahens lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is survived by his wife Brenda Sheppard-Lahens (also a Fire Department employee) and their four children; sons, Omar, 28 and Ricardo, 21 and daughters Afiya, 15 and Dara, 13. Lahens is the sixth member of the New York City Fire Department's EMS Bureau to die in the line-of-duty since the formation of EMS in 1970.

Funeral arrangements are pending.