Mount St. Mary’s Hospital honored first responders from throughout Niagara County at its annual EMS Recognition Dinner, held on May 24 in conjunction with National EMS Week.
Members from the following fire companies received awards for their exceptional expertise and dedication in responding to various emergency calls during 2022: Bergholz Fire Co., Cambria Volunteer Fire Co., Lewiston No 1 Fire Department, Mercy Flight WNY, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Niagara Falls Fire Department, Pekin Fire Co., Rapids Volunteer Fire Co., Sanborn Fire Co., South Lockport Fire Department, St. Johnsburg Fire Co., Town of Niagara Active Hose Co. and Tri Community Ambulance.
The City of Lockport Fire Department received the Agency of the Year Award, responding to over 1,600 calls during 2022.
“The city’s fire chief, Luca Quagliano, and his team saw the dire need for additional resources in the region and responded by placing their paramedic level ambulances back in service,” noted Emily James, Catholic Health’s system manager of emergency and acute neuro services. “Their dedication to area residents was further demonstrated as they went through the arduous process of obtaining an Advanced Life Support Transport Certificate of Need, which allows them to serve their community at an even higher level of proficiency. Without their commitment, lives would be lost.”
CJ Urlaub, Mount St. Mary’s president and CHS senior vice president of strategic partnerships, integration and care delivery for Niagara County, served as the keynote speaker for the dinner.
“We are thankful for the dedication and partnership demonstrated by our first responders across the community, who continually go above and beyond the call of duty,” he said. “On behalf of everyone at Mount St. Mary’s and Catholic Health, we are truly grateful for their service throughout the year.”