Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

May 14, 2015
Contact:  Scott Salotto (845) 638-5645


Event Kicks-Off National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 17 - 23

NEW CITY, NY  -- Rockland County Executive Ed Day will join County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert this weekend to recognize and honor local emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners for their outstanding contributions to the community.  The County's annual EMS Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 17 at 5 p.m. at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona.

The celebration will mark the start of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 17 to May 23, 2015.  Now in its 41st year of celebration, EMS Week is a time for national appreciation of the daily life-saving service that EMS practitioners provide to their patients, and an acknowledgement of the important role of EMS in our nation's healthcare system.

Ahead of the awards ceremony, local teens will take part in the County's Annual Youth Squad EMS Competition.  The 1 p.m. activity includes various competitions between EMS youth squads.  Both events are open to the public.

"It's an honor to recognize the dedication, skill and talent of Rockland's EMS providers," said County Executive Day. "They are among the best in the field and they deserve to be commended for their commitment to providing quality emergency care to our residents.  Congratulations to this year's winners.  You are an inspiration to us all."

The following EMS practitioners will be recognized for outstanding contributions to their EMS agencies, communities and the County of Rockland:

Aaron Glatzer - Basic Life Support Provider of the Year
Laura Gluck - Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year
Cassidy Hubert - Youth Member of the Year
Haverstraw Volunteer Ambulance Corps - EMS Agency of the Year
William Stone - EMS Leadership Award
Lorraine Monahan - EMS Communications Specialist of the Year
Steve Bastion - Registered Professional Nurse of Excellence
Dr. Mark Papish - Physician of Excellence
Desiree' Leone-Stoll  - Educator of the Year
Nick Rusiecki - Rockland County Health Commissioner's Award
Graig "Giddy" Straus  - Excellence in EMS Quality and Safety Award

Rockland County EMS Coordinator Kim Lippes will present awards to Members of the Year for each EMS agency and trophies to the winners of the Youth Squad Competition.  "During this event, it's only fitting to recognize the amazing achievements of these providers," said Lippes. "Their outstanding efforts to better Rockland's EMS system have exceeded the mark of excellence.  We are excited to acknowledge the contributions and dedication of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our communities."