Memorial Service Monday: a ride to remember

WFMZ 69 News covered a 150-mile bike ride in honor of fallen EMS workers that began in Willow Grove and ended in Harrisburg. The ride lasted until Monday morning.

The event’s purpose was “To honor those emergency medical services personnel who have died in the line of duty,” Doug Garretson, Chair of the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation, said. “And to recognize the ultimate sacrifice they have made for their fellow man.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EMS providers are 1.39 times more likely to die by suicide than the average American.

“We’ve got to find a way to get them better,” Chas McGarvey, Acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner, told 69 News after the service. “EMS providers are working two three jobs just to make a decent wage.”

The complete story on Memorial Service Monday is at WFMZ 69 News. Image courtesy of WFMZ 69 News‘ video.