Stamford EMS hosted a lunchtime reception at Stamford’s Cove Island Park on Monday for a team of cyclists honoring Emergency Medical Service personnel lost in the line of duty, or have become sick or injured while performing their duties.
Nearly 100 cyclists participating in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride made a stop in Stamford on their ride from Boston, MA to Washington DC. Known as the “Muddy Angels” the cyclists honor EMS personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events.
Riders have EMS backgrounds and may participate in up to five bike routes that span the nation. The rides support the Fallen Angel Fund to assist EMS families that have suffered a catastrophic event, and coordinate with National EMS Week, which takes place next week.
“We’re happy to support this event that benefits the families of EMTs and paramedics that made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Stamford EMS Captain Malcolm Dean, Jr. “We commend these cyclists and are proud to play a role in this worthy effort.”
Riders wear dog tags that commemorate a fallen EMS professional. Darren Girardeau of Downingtown, PA, participating for a 6th year, rode in honor of Mike Murphy, a pilot he used to fly with in the PennSTAR Flight program. Darren showed the dog tags he wears for Mike while he rides. “I’ll present one of the tags to Mike’s family who will be present for a service in D.C., and I’ll keep the other one.”
In a moving ceremony, the names of 78 EMS professionals that have passed away in the line of duty were read aloud, followed by a presentation of dog tags to the families of EMT Michael J. Murphy of the Union Vale Fire District in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Paramedic Michael Smith of the Norwalk Hospital Paramedic Service.
Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization, and Connecticut’s only CAAS accredited EMS agency. Responding to over 14,000 calls each year, the organization provides paramedic transport services for the city of Stamford, and provides contracted paramedic response to the town of Darien. Since it accepted responsibility for Stamford’s ambulance services in 1992, Stamford Emergency Medical Services has remained clearly focused in its mission to provide high quality, compassionate emergency care and education to the communities it serves. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit www.stamfordems.org or call (203) 968-1118.