Posted: Jun 26, 2010 10:32 PM by John Romero
Updated: Jun 28, 2010 8:05 AM
Twenty six new names were added to the National EMS Memorial on Saturday night. It's a night to honor the men and woman who have given the ultimate sacrifice while saving others lives. "It's an occupation that is fast, unrelenting, emotional, physically and emotionally challenging, tiring and dangerous." said A.J. Heightman, editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services while fighting back tears.
Though a few hundred attended the service, thousands more took time all over the nation to honor their fallen. A radio call went out across the U.S. as other EMS professionals observed a national moment of silence. Though there were plenty of tears, families of the fallen take comfort in the fact that they all did so while serving their fellow man. "Your loved ones are elite soldiers of emergency medicine who did not give their lives in vain." said Heightman.
After seventeen years in Virginia the service and memorial have permanently moved to Colorado Springs. The memorial will be placed in Colorado Springs' Memorial Park.