Photos from the event can be found here
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 20, 2022) – New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) officials and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community came together today to honor ten fallen EMS heroes at the New York State EMS Memorial Ceremony. The EMS Memorial features a large granite tablet with the “Tree of Life” engraved on its surface and the names of those EMS personnel who died in the line of duty.
“The New York EMS providers we lost during the last year dedicated themselves to saving lives and to serving their communities,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “They are the embodiment of the word ‘hero.’ We honor their great sacrifice, selfless commitment, and sense of duty in the face of danger.”
The ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, with NYSDOH Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner Kristin Proud delivering remarks.
“It is an honor to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the line of duty,” Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner Kristin Proud said. “Their selflessness and service will not be forgotten and the contributions they’ve made will live on and inspire the communities they love. We also recognize and honor the family members, friends and colleagues of these first responders, who have no doubt endured the most pain and grief, and are willing to share the memory of their loved ones with us all.”
Among the ten names that were added to the memorial, three lost their battle with COVID-19 illness, one passed away following a medical episode while on duty, and six succumbed to illnesses that developed after responding to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.
The brave men and women who responded to the 9/11 terror attack, participated in search and rescue, and cleanup at ground zero 21 years ago, continue to pay the price for their courage today. As we honor their lives, we also remember their family, friends and loved ones whose lives continue to be transformed by that horrific day.

These brave individuals responded to thousands of calls and saved countless lives, even in the face of danger and illness.
Roughly 70,000 EMS professionals across New York State respond to more than 3.5 million calls for care each year. Each of them, selflessly stepping into harm’s way to save the lives of others. They are New York’s true heroes.
Earlier this year, NYSDOH officials laid a wreath at the New York State Tree of Life EMS Memorial in tribute to providers who died in the line of duty as part of the 47th Annual “National EMS Week.”