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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Emergency Medical Services Week

WHEREAS, protecting the health and promoting the well-being of Virginians is important for building healthy and connected communities in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, first responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and paramedics stand ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to improve the survival and recovery of those in sudden need of care; and

WHEREAS, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders are supported by emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, educators, administrators, researchers, emergency nurses, emergency physicians and others; and

WHEREAS, Virginians are thankful for the hard work and dedication of more than 38,000 EMS providers and 550 EMS agencies that administer the best prehospital emergency care to our communities; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “EMS: Where Emergency Care Begins,” highlights the critical role EMTs, paramedics, and other frontline workers have in providing initial medical care on-site, safely transporting patients to medical facilities and caring for the needs of the communities they serve;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 21-27, 2023, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.