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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, the protection of the health and well-being of the citizens of Virginia is important for the prosperity and welfare of 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, the people of our great Commonwealth are thankful for the work of more than 37,000 EMS providers and 560 EMS agencies, that protect the health of our families; and,

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “EMS: Rising to the Challenge,” represents the crucial role EMTs, paramedics and other frontline workers have in continuing to respond, support and care for the needs of our communities, despite challenging circumstances;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 15-21, 2022 as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.