Over 150 FDNY probationary EMTs and 50 medics encircled the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial on Wednesday to lay a wreath in memory of the 343 members of the FDNY who were killed in the line of duty on 9/11.
Bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” as the wreath was placed in front of the bronze parapet of the Memorial pool, in view of the inscribed names of the fallen first responders. After, the “probies” marched in procession into the 9/11 Memorial Museum to view the artifacts and artworks on view.
Following the tribute, Anthony Gardner, senior vice president for government and community affairs at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, welcomed the probationary EMTs to the site.
“We are truly indebted to the leadership of the fire department for their extraordinary assistance in documenting and preserving this history,” said Gardner. “Because of their support, this sacred place serves as a lasting testament of the courage and sacrifice of first responders.”
The visit took place in advance of the class’ graduation from the Emergency Medical Services Academy. After their completion of a 10-month training program, the probationary EMTs will work closely with police officers and firefighters, providing medical care at the scene of an emergency.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff