Centennial Celebration
Salute To First Responders

Western Queens Gazette - October 04, 2017

by Western Queens Gazette

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst recently honored first responders from local NYPD precincts, FDNY companies, and EMS stations at the hospital’s First Annual Red, White, and Blue Tribute. First responders were celebrated at the recognition and awards ceremony for their outstanding commitment to protecting the community and assisting the hospital in its mission to provide high-quality health care to the residents of Queens. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst leadership and staff were joined by several local elected officials, including NYS Senator Jose Peralta and NYS Assemblymembers Brian Barnwell and David Weprin.

“Our Red, White, and Blue Tribute is NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s way of thanking New York’s first responders who work in partnership with us each day to save lives,” said Israel Rocha, Chief Executive Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. “As health care providers, we are continuously inspired by these extraordinary men and women and their unwavering dedication to our community. We are excited to have the chance to show our appreciation and honor them for their hard work.”

“I applaud Elmhurst Hospital for honoring first responders, people who protect our communities, keep us safe, and put their lives on the line day after day. These are our everyday heroes, and it is vital that we recognize police officers, firefighters and EMS workers so they know their heroic work does not go unnoticed,” said Senator Peralta.

“When we have the unfortunate circumstance of being in an emergency, the first thing we think about is help and how to get it fast. I want to thank our first responders for their tenacity and their ability to act as fast as they do to help the people of the City of New York on a daily basis,” said Assemblyman David Weprin.

“We are very lucky to have such heroic people that we refer to as first responders,” said Assemblyman Barnwell. “The number of people that have been saved because of these heroes cannot be calculated. We should honor them every day.”

“I am honored to support the men and women that place others before themselves every day,” said Assemblywoman Hyndman. “The unwavering devotion of our first responders helps keep New York City and its residents safe 24/7.”

“All of the first responders being honored during this Red, White, and Blue Tribute have my deepest thanks for their hard work, tireless dedication and sacrifice in service to their fellow city residents,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.