You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

National EMS Memorial traveling from Texas to Washington D.C.

KRLD Radio Dallas logo KRLD Radio Dallas 7/16/2021 Alan Scaia
a truck is parked in front of a sign © Provided by KRLD Radio Dallas

North Texas (1080 KRLD) - Developers of a National EMS Memorial hosted an inaugural ceremony honoring paramedics in North Texas Friday before leaving for an event in Washington D.C. Outside Global Medical Response's offices in Lewisville, organizers unveiled the artwork and a decorated ambulance.

Across the country, they say 144 paramedics have died in the line of duty.

"This is such a privilege to be able to recognize our colleagues, to be able to say, 'thank you,'" says Dr. Ed Racht, chief medical officer at Global Medical Response. "It's unfortunate we have to do it."

"We put our lives in danger every time we put our uniform on and go to work," says Megan Haverkamp, an EMT for AMR Dallas. "I think it's an honor to be able to do that because you can help other people."

Haverkamp is traveling to Washington D.C. with a decorated ambulance and painting called, "The Tree of Life." The painting includes the names of paramedics who have died in the line of duty painted on the leaves of an oak tree, which "symbolizes the strength it takes EMS providers to respond."

"The most inspirational part is it allows families who would otherwise not know each other to connect and use each other to help with the healing process," says Jenn Liebman, who works with Global Medical Response and has been working on the memorial since 2016.

Liebman says the leaves are made of bronze and include the paramedic's name, the organization he or she worked for and date of death.

"That leaf is a connection for the families to be able to see their family member is being honored," she says.

"That is a common bond," Racht says. "This sacrifice is a common risk for all of us. To be there for their families, to be there to honor them is an important part of that culture and that tradition."

The caravan will make several stops on its way to Washington D.C. A ceremony and weekend of events are scheduled in Arlington, Virginia July 23-25.

In 2018, a permanent National EMS Memorial was authorized. The National EMS Memorial Foundation is now waiting for federal approval of a permanent site.

LISTEN on the Audacy App

Sign Up and Follow NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Facebook | Twitter

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from KRLD Radio Dallas

KRLD Radio Dallas
KRLD Radio Dallas
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon