Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Memorial Criteria

  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS) nominees must have been a member of an authorized New York State EMS ambulance, ALS first response or BLS first response service. An authorized EMS service is an EMS service recognized by the Bureau of EMS. EMS services that are no longer active will also qualify if the line of duty death occurred when the service was active and authorized.
  • A Nominee must have died in the line of duty. Line of duty is defined as occurring during response to an emergency or non-emergency call, or on stand-by with an authorized EMS service, including travelling from home to the call or EMS station, and returning home from the call. Line of duty death can also be defined as a death resulting from illness or injury sustained while responding to a call.
  • A Nominee must have followed established laws, regulations, policies, protocols and generally accepted safety standards to be eligible.
  • An application form must be completed, by an officer of the EMS service in which the Nominee was a member. The application will contain a brief narrative describing how the line of duty death occurred, date and location. Applications must be postmarked by December 1st to be considered for the following year's service. A copy of the Nominee's obituary or death certificate must be submitted with the application.
  • If a nomination is not accepted, the EMS service submitting the nomination may appeal the decision in writing to the NYS EMS Council, who will review the nomination and make a final decision.