WHEREAS, the health, safety, and security of Virginians is important to the prosperity and welfare of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, first responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics stand ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to dramatically improve the survival and recovery rate of those in sudden need of care; and
WHEREAS, emergency medical 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 35,900 Emergency Medical Services providers and 586 agencies, who provide for the well-being and safety of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme “Beyond the Call” represents the incredible advancement in services rendered in emergency medical services, including preventive medicine and access to telemedicine, in addition to providing community outreach that promotes the well-being of all people in Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 19-25, 2019, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.