New York EMT Shot and Killed by Patient

Feb. 2, 2009
As many as 2,000 fire and EMS personnel are expected to take part in a procession to honor Mark B. Davis, a New York EMT slain in the line of duty.

CAPE VINCENT -- As many as 2,000 fire and emergency services personnel are expected to take part in a procession through the village Saturday to honor Mark B. Davis, an emergency medical technician slain in the line of duty.

Mark B. Davis, 25, was fatally shot Friday night as he and two other EMTs responded to a complaint of chest pain at 114 S. Esseltyne St. After some treatment was provided to Christopher G. Burke, 25, it is alleged Burke became agitated, brought a high-powered rifle out from a bedroom and fired two rounds, striking Mr. Davis with one.

Glenn W. Morrison, Jefferson County director of fire and emergency management, announced Monday that a full honor guard of emergency service personnel from across the country will recognize Mr. Davis at the ceremony.

"We expect a very large turnout, a very large event, to honor Mark," Mr. Morrison said. "He gave the ultimate sacrifice in this profession."

Calling hours for Mr. Davis will be from noon to 9 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Cape Vincent. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thousand Islands High School on County Route 9. Following the memorial service, at about 3 p.m., there will be a public procession through the village. The procession will be led by the New York City Fire Department's bagpipe band.

Mr. Davis was employed part-time by Guilfoyle Ambulance Service, Watertown, and volunteered with the Cape Vincent and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service squads. He was in his first year of training at Jefferson Community College to become a paramedic.

Mr. Morrison said his office has been receiving inquiries from emergency service squads from across the country asking if they can participate in the procession. He said he expects between 1,500 and 2,000 emergency service personnel to participate, with more members of the public also taking part.

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