It's official!

HR 1037 passed in US Congress!

U.S. House of Representatives passes bipartisan bill to establish National EMS Memorial

News Release

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2018

Contact: David Kamlan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1037 “To Authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia” by a unanimous vote of 412 to 0. Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) rose in support of this legislation during the debate.

After the bill’s passage, Congressman Lynch noted “Each year, 850,000 EMS personnel come to the rescue of 22 million Americans who need life-saving care. Today the House passed my bill to begin the process to establish a national memorial to honor these first responders in Washington, D.C. A memorial that commends their courage and heroism is long overdue.”

“For these heroes that serve on the front lines of medicine, sacrifice is a part of their calling. The men and women of the Emergency Medical Services profession face danger every day to save lives and help their neighbors in crisis” stated Rep. Tom McClintock.

“The National EMS Memorial Foundation extends its utmost gratitude to Chairman McClintock, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. King, and Mr. Lynch for their leadership on this important issue and to the entire House of Representatives for taking the historic step towards honoring the commitment, service, and sacrifice of the nation’s EMS providers.” says Katie Orsino, Executive Director of the National EMS Memorial Foundation. “From the very first moment, Representative Lynch promised his commitment to this issue and has delivered on that promise today. Mr. McClintock’s kind words during the hearing demonstrate his truly compassionate nature.”

Each year, 850,000 EMS first responders across the nation answer more than 30,000,000 calls to serve 22,000,000 patients in need of immediate life-saving care and comfort. Many of those patients are alive today because of the selfless commitment of our first responders. With little regard for their own safety and in the face of all hazards, the men and women of EMS respond to every kind of incident imaginable; from a single person’s medical emergency to naturally occurring or man-made disasters, including terrorist attacks that threaten the entire nation.

The National EMS Memorial Foundation looks forward to continued collaboration with our partners in Congress as the process moves forward.


About the National EMS Memorial Foundation

The sole purpose of the National EMS Memorial Foundation is to design, build and maintain a permanent EMS memorial in Washington, D.C. or its environs, to honor and recognize the commitment, service and sacrifice of the men and women of EMS across our nation, who have made the ultimate sacrifice and for those who continue to serve.