ROANOKE, Va. – Hundreds of EMS workers killed in the line of duty are being honored with a special moving memorial.
Roanoke Emergency Services hosted the National EMS Memorial on Tuesday.
The event included a Tree of Life ambulance dedicated to remembering first responders.
The procession is making several stops, leading up to service this weekend, all in hopes of building a national memorial in D.C.
“We put our lives in danger, as well as fire and police — we all do, brothers and sisters in the line — so we’d like to represent those families fallen properly with a permanent memorial, instead of just a temporary memorial yearly,” said Megan Harris, an AMR Dallas EMT.
There are usually 30 EMS deaths each year but that number is a lot higher around this year due to COVID-19.