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It is important to note that other organizations have helped the families of EMS personnel killed at the World Trade Center. The Greater New York Hospital Association created a fund for the private EMS personnel and included the fire department EMS personnel. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) included the EMS personnel in the 911 Fund, even though the EMS personnel were not cross-trained as firefighters.
Unfortunately, since the Sept. 11 attacks, another line-of-duty death occurred to an FDNY EMS employee in April 2002, when a seasoned veteran died in an ambulance accident, leaving behind four children.
Performing emergency medical service can prove to be equally as dangerous as any other profession. Thankfully, there are organizations to help the families of those professionals killed in the line of duty. If you wish to the contact the foundation, you can write to it at EMS Command Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 2650, New York, NY 10108-2650, or telephone its representatives at 917-250-4208.
Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P, a Firehouse® contributing editor, serves as the Chief of Special Operations for Jefferson County, MO. He retired as chief paramedic from the St. Louis Fire Department after serving the City of St. Louis for 24 years. Ludwig has trained and lectured internationally and nationally on fire and EMS topics. He also operates The Ludwig Group, a professional consulting firm. He can be reached at 636-789-5660 or via www.garyludwig.com.