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National EMS Memorial Service

A National Moment of Silence

The 16th Annual National Moment of Silence is scheduled to occur at 1930 hrs. MDT, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

The National Moment of Silence is a project of the National EMS Memorial Service. Reading these pages should provide you with any information you might need to participate but should you require additional information or have any questions, please fell free to contact us at


The National EMS Memorial Service Board of Directors had been looking at how to address the issue of allowing all of America's EMS providers who can not be personally in attendance at the Memorial Service each year with a way of participating and honoring those who have fallen in the line of duty. A number of ideas were put forward but the one chosen is the National Moment of Silence.

This choice was made for a number of reasons but the three primary are:


The National Moment of Silence offers EMS providers and agencies around the nation the opportunity to join with those in attendance at the National EMS Memorial Service in honoring and remembering those members of our nation's Emergency Medical Services who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty.

The National Moment of Silence seeks voluntary participation by all the nation's EMS providers, agencies and emergency communications centers in observing a moment of radio silence timed to coincide with the moment of silence observed during the actual Memorial Service held annually in Colorado Springs. Participating agencies are provided with a "suggested script" outlining the time of the Moment, set this year for 1930 hrs. MDT, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

While the suggested length of the Moment is 60 seconds, participants are free to adjust that to meet the specific needs of their service area.


Agencies wishing to participate should download the Participant Information Sheet and Suggested Script.

To give us an idea of participation levels, we request that agencies planning to participate in this project notify us by Sending an email with your agency name and location, or in the case of a dispatch center the names and locations of your client agencies to

A National Moment of Silence

National Moment of Silence
P.O. Box 6604
Carlstadt, NJ 07072-0604