Paramedics Celebrate First Birthday of Their Special Delivery

Parademics Andrew Person, left, and Sean Doherty, right, visit with Layane DaSilva who, with their help, gave birth one year ago to her son Joshua, left. Older brother Isaac, 3, on right. (Courtesy Telegram & Gazette)

When Joshua DaSilva met our Emergency Medical Services paramedics Andrew Person and Sean Doherty, he happily went into their arms. After all, they were the first arms that ever held him. A year after they helped his mom Layane bring him safely into the world just in time for Christmas, she invited Andrew and Sean to Joshua’s first birthday. They brought him a Fisher-Price medical kit – in case he wants to follow in their footsteps. Ms. DaSilva said the medics deserved praise for helping her through what she said was a terrifying experience. “They were great,” she said. “They did the best they could and I remember I was freaking out so they tried to keep me calm as best they could.” Read the Telegram & Gazette story.

 

Paramedics Show Support for Public Safety and Fallen Trooper  

Our paramedics (pictured in brown uniforms, from left, back row): Steffan Welch, John Bain, Bryan Urato, Adam Towner, Charles Pim, (second row, third from left) Michael LaPorte and Christian Grant.

Our paramedics (pictured in brown uniforms, from left, back row): Steffan Welch, John Bain, Bryan Urato, Adam Towner, Charles Pim, (second row, fourth from left) Michael LaPorte and Christian Grant.

Thousands of police and public safety officials locally and from around the country, including our very own UMass Memorial Emergency Medical Services paramedics, paid their respects to Trooper Thomas Clardy, 44, of Hudson, who was killed March 16 in a Massachusetts Turnpike crash in Charlton. In a show of support for their public safety colleagues, seven of our paramedics, pictured in brown uniforms at the burial service, were chosen as squad leaders to assist at funeral services. Our paramedics routinely work closely with State Police providing emergency medical support to the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) and collaboratively with both agencies’ peer support teams. See Telegram story.

Children Learn about Our EMS at Touch a Truck 

About 700 families attended the Touch a Truck event, including one of our ambulances.

About 700 families attended the Touch a Truck event, including one of our ambulances.

Representing the Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services, paramedic Christian Grant was on hand with one of our ambulances at Worcester’s Jewish Community Center’s Touch a Truck event last weekend. The event, with a turnout of about 700 families, allowed children to interact with vehicle personnel such as Christian, and explore the displayed vehicles. As children and families toured the ambulance, Grant explained what can be expected during an ambulance ride, “This helps to alleviate fear of the unknown when children need our Emergency Medical Services,” said Grant.