RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Ridgewood Village Council furthered a tradition dating back more than 40 years recently by proclaiming this week Emergency Medical Services Week.
A days-long celebration of EMS practitioners first came into existence in 1973 when President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to honor such workers for their efforts to make the community healthier and safer, according to a statement from Ridgewood Emergency Services.
According to the statement, Ridgewood Emergency Services responds to a variety of medical incidents, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, falls and accidents, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose and acute illness.
The Village Council’s proclamation, effective from May 15-21, encourages the community to support Ridgewood Emergency Services, its programs, ceremonies and activities.
The village proclamation was presented to Ridgewood EMS Chief/Director Tony Lillo, who accepted the honor along with members of his department, on May 10.
According to the EMS statement, the department has responded to more than 530 requests for assistance in the first quarter of 2016, spending 6,500 hours on duty or training away from their families.
For more information, visit Ridgewood Emergency Services online .