By Bari Auerbach
Dedicated Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Service teams going “above and beyond” to save lives and protect the community were recently honored during “A Salute to Fire Rescue” Aventura Marketing Council/ Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting hosted by American Medical Response (AMR) - the nation’s leading medical transportation company committed to making a difference by caring for people in need.
This year’s salute highlighted the efforts of heroic men and women who serve residents, businesses and visitors in Miami-Dade County and cities including Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Hallandale Beach and Hollywood. The departments also honored heroic individuals who have gone “above and beyond” to demonstrate courage and commitment.
AMC past chair Bob Hollander of Brown and Brown Insurance joined by AMR Regional Director Terence Ramotar and Vice President Bob Garner welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel. Ramotar explained, “AMR is the largest local ambulance provider in the country. We back up and partner with Fire Rescue departments and assist by responding to non-life threatening 911 calls so our Fire Rescue departments can be ready for life -threatening calls.”
Perfectly in tune with the inspiring occasion, talented 17-year-old singer, songwriter C.J. Fam, featured in the AMC’s Aventura Mall YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center, sang tribute songs including Hero and Wind Beneath My Wings as Fire Rescue professionals were honored for placing the safety of others above their own.
Recipients of “above and beyond” recognition included:
The team from Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Station 10 – C Shift who helped save the life of a man going into cardiac arrest following a serious car crash.
Coral Gables firefighter Carlos Eguiluz, specializing in vehicle rescues and instructing emergency responders to save lives around the world.
City of Hallandale Beach Fire Department, Ocean Rescue Division Capt. Joe Taylor and lifeguards Jorge Del Toro and Ragnar Mendez, who rushed to assist in the rescue of workers injured when a scaffold collapsed.
Hialeah Fire Department Lt. Jorge Drada, whose care made it possible for a baby to miraculously survive a four-story fall. He has also helped stroke victims receive the most expeditious life- saving treatments.
Key Biscayne Fire Rescue Chief Eric Lang, dedicated to family drug prevention, who created “Living Room Conversations” for personal outreaches to youngsters and their families to work towards the goal of a drug-free community.
City of Miami Fire Rescue personnel, who helped make it possible for a seriously injured 13-year-old boy to attend his father’s funeral following a tragic car accident.
Miami Beach Training Division Chief Digna Abello, whose expertise saved the life of a man going into cardiac arrest at an airport where she returning for her flight home from an active shooter training.
Summing up the salute, Miami Beach Fire Rescue Chief Virgil Fernandez noted, “Every day, thousands of heroic acts are being done by firefighters and police officers, responding to ensure residents and visitors are safe and can survive tragic instances.”
Patient-focused and customer-centered, AMR’s national reach and extensive experience facilitate the delivery of a wide range of emergency and home healthcare services to communities nationwide. From managing entire emergency medical systems and establishing beneficial private-public partnerships, to designing innovative ways to deliver healthcare , AMR is committed to improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care.
For more information about American Medical Response (AMR), phone: 305495-1200 or visit Amr.net.