Coons, Capito celebrate passage of bipartisan bill to honor commitment and service of EMS members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) celebrated the passage of the National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act, which will allow the construction of a national memorial on federal land to pay tribute to the commitment and service of emergency medical services (EMS) first responders. The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

The memorial will be funded by a private non-profit foundation, the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation, and will be constructed in the greater District of Columbia area. 

“This is a proud day for all members of the emergency medical services profession,” said Senator Coons. “EMS first responders will now have a well-deserved, nationally recognized memorial, which commemorates their service and sacrifice on behalf of our communities. This memorial will be a tribute to the values that bind EMS members together, both living and deceased, and will take its place among those memorials honoring our nation’s protective forces.”

“Our first responders in West Virginia and across our nation work tirelessly and selflessly to improve and save lives every day,” Senator Capito said. “I was proud to support this legislation, which will honor the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women through a national memorial, and I am thrilled it is one step closer to becoming law.”


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Brian Cunningham (Coons) at brian_cunningham@coons.senate.gov