EMS personnel honored during 10th annual memorial service in Waco

Posted: 2:42 PM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 21:18:00Z

The Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council is making it a point to remember those who lost their lives as they worked to save others.

During National EMS Week, the organization is hosting its 10th Annual EMS Memorial that honors those who have died in the line of duty over the last decade.

More than a dozen names were read aloud during the service, the majority of which were killed in the West Explosion in 2013. 

Firefighters, EMS personnel and hospital representatives showed up for the event.

Christine Reeves, executive director for HOTRAC, was pleased with how many people showed up for the memorial service. 

"Everyone always looks at fire and law enforcement, I'm a law enforcement wife so I totally get it," Reeves said. "But there's this group of individuals that are there right after that point, but before you get to the hospital, that does a lot of work and is the reason why we're able to save so many lives."

Around 25 other people were also recognized during the ceremony. Reeves said they were men and women who were instrumental in the growth of EMS in Bosque, Hill, Limestone, Falls and McLennan County.

The memorial service was held on May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Waco Suspension Bridge.

Fallen in the line of duty:

  • Joe Alvarez
  • Morris Bridges
  • Perry Calvin
  • Jerry Chapman
  • Cody Dragoo
  • Kenneth Harris Jr.
  • James Matus
  • Joseph Pustejovsky
  • Cyrus Reed
  • Kevin Sanders
  • Douglas Snokhous
  • Robert Snokhous
  • William Uptmor
  • Mike Howard

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