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WHEREAS, the protection of health and the well-being of all people in 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 36,500 EMS providers and 570 agencies that protect the health of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “This is EMS: Caring for Our Communities,” represents the crucial role that EMTs, paramedics, and other frontline workers have played in our state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recognizes the passion and dedication that Virginia’s EMS System personnel provide to the citizens of the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 16-22, 2021, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.