Grand Gorge Rescue Squad honors fallen EMS professionals

Albany — Eric Monty of Champlain EMS, Mooers, and David Restuccio of Staten Island University Island Hospital were honored on Tuesday, May 21 at the “Tree of Life” Memorial during a service held in their honor at the Empire Plaza in Albany.  Driver and paramedic respectively, these men loss their lives while responding to emergencies in their communities in 2012.

Karen Hinkley and Dottie Carroll, co-captains of the Grand Gorge Rescue Squad made the trip to Albany to participate in the ceremony along with members Roberta VanValkenburgh, Patty Williamson and Krista Cross.  Family and friends of the fallen EMS members were honored by members of the legislature; which included Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblymen Joseph Morelle and Peter Lopez.  Others participating in the event were Nirav Shah, DOH Commissioner of Health, Mark Zeek, NYS EMS Council Chair, Deacon Dennis Monty, Melli Rose, and Ross Zastrow with the NYC Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Pipes & Drum Band.

NYS Bureau of EMS Director Lee Burns was master of ceremonies of the event which also paid tribute to more than 60,000 EMS personal throughout NYS.