On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, a class of 150 FDNY probationary EMTs and representatives from the FDNY stood in formation around the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial to pay respect to the 343 members of the FDNY who were killed in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001.
A rendition of “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes and the tempered sound of feet marching in step cut through the early morning quiet in lower Manhattan as a wreath was placed in front of the bronze parapet of the Memorial pool.
Following the tribute, Allison Blais, executive vice president and deputy director for strategy and advancement at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, welcomed the probationary EMTs to the site. The “probies” then embarked on a self-guided exploration of the artifacts on view in the Museum.
The visit took place in advance of the class’ graduation from the Emergency Medical Services Academy and is a mandatory trip taken prior to their completion of the 10-month training program. The graduating class of probie EMTs will work closely with police officers and firefighters, providing medical care at the scene of an emergency.
This class of EMTs includes Probationary EMT John Martin, son of Lt. Peter C. Martin of FDNY Rescue Company 2, one of 343 members of the FDNY killed on 9/11. Martin lived in Miller Place, Long Island, with his wife, Alice, and their three sons. During his career with the FDNY, he dedicated himself in rescue efforts in Oklahoma City after the 1995 bombing. On 9/11, Martin and his unit reported to the towers. He was 43 years old.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff