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National EMS Memorial Service

2002 Notices of EMS Fatalities

EMT Justin Robert Mangum
Age:20
Date of Death:December 16, 2002
Date of Funeral:December 20, 2002
Agency:Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Mechanicsville, MD
Cause of Death:MVA while responding to call.
 
Paramedic James Blanchard
Age:47
Date of Death:December 10, 2002
Date of Funeral:December 16, 2002
Agency:Hennepin County Medical Center EMS, Minneapolis, MN
Cause of Death:Cardiac Arrest while on duty.
 
Paramedic John Hunter
Age:34
Date of Death:October 14, 2002
Date of Funeral:TBA
Agency:Allen's Ambulance Service, Booneville, KY
Cause of Death:Cardiac Arrest on Duty
 
Paramedic Michael Shane Gilmore
Age:31
Date of Death:October 6, 2002
Date of Funeral:October 10, 2002
Agency:Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service, Ardmore, OK
Cause of Death:Struck by a vehicle while on an accident scene
 
Paramedic Shawn L. Skelly
Age:28
Date of Death:October 6, 2002
Date of Funeral:October 9, 2002
Agency:Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service, Ardmore, OK
Cause of Death:Struck by a vehicle while on an accident scene
 
Flight Nurse Gail Ann Hauk
Age:40
Date of Death:September 9, 2002
Date of Funeral:TBA
Agency:Careflight - Avera St. Luke's Hospital , Aberdeen, SD
Cause of Death:Aero-medical aviation accident
 
Pilot Masaaki Suzuki
Age:39
Date of Death:September 9, 2002
Date of Funeral:TBA
Agency:Careflight - Avera St. Luke's Hospital , Aberdeen, SD
Cause of Death:Aero-medical aviation accident
 
Flight Paramedic Andrew J. Wiley
Age:23
Date of Death:September 9, 2002
Date of Funeral:TBA
Agency:Careflight - Avera St. Luke's Hospital , Aberdeen, SD
Cause of Death:Aero-medical aviation accident
 
EMT-D John L. Moore
Age:42
Date of Death:August 19, 2002
Date of Funeral:August 22, 2002
Agency:Ellerbe Rescue Squad, Ellerbe, NC
Cause of Death:Chief Moore was struck by a car at an accident scene
 
EMT-D Andre Robert Lahens
Age:46
Date of Death:April 26, 2002
Date of Funeral:May 1, 2002
Agency:FDNY Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, New York City, NY
Cause of Death:Ambulance Accident
 
Pilot Raymond Watson
Age:50
Date of Death:March 21, 2002
Date of Funeral: 
Agency:MOuntain Lifeflight, Susanville, CA
Cause of Death:Medical Helicopter Crash
 
Flight Nurse Anthony "Tony" Pirraglia
Age:47
Date of Death:January 19, 2002
Date of Funeral:TBA
Agency:MEDUCARE - Medical University of SC, Charleston, SC
Cause of Death:Fatal shooting
 
Flight Nurse Kelly Conti
Age:38
Date of Death:January 18, 2002
Date of Funeral:TBA
Agency:Stat MedEvac, Pittsburg, PA.
Cause of Death:Aero-medical aviation accident
 
Paramedic Robert Shawn Ervin
Age:43
Date of Death:January 1, 2002
Date of Funeral:January 12, 2002
Agency:Jefferson County EMS, Madras, OR
Cause of Death:Struck by truck at scene of MVA


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The posting of a Notice of EMS Fatality is for notification purposes only. It is based upon information submitted to the National EMS Memorial Service regarding the death of an EMS provider which may be in the Line of Duty but which has not yet been fully investigated by us.

The posting of a Notice of EMS Fatality does not indicate acceptance to the National EMS Memorial Service. Inclusion in the National EMS Memorial Service requires that a nominee meet the NEMSMS Criteria, a careful review of information on the Nomination Form and from all other sources, and an affirmative vote of the National EMS Memorial Service Board of Directors.