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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 all people in Virginia is important for fostering healthy, connected, and resilient communities in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Advanced EMTs, Intermediates, 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 protect the health of our families; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “Honoring Our Past. Forging Our Future,” recognizes those who came before us, especially those who challenged the status quo and raised the bar, and renews the commitment to forge a future for the next generation of EMS professionals that will serve their communities; and

WHEREAS, this year, as we recognize the 50th anniversary of the first National EMS Week, it is proper and timely to bring recognition to the value and accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 19-25, 2024, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.