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NH Fire EMS Awards 2016-

NH Fire EMS Awards 2016-

New Hampshire firefighters and emergency medical service workers were recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty – and in many cases, putting their own lives at risk to save others.

The honorees at the 25th-annual Fire Service and EMS Awards are in good company – men and women who consider courage part of the job.

One of the biggest awards of the night was the EMS Unit of the Year, which went to the Manchester Fire Department and American Medical Response for their efforts during the opioid crisis. The city rescue workers accepted the honor for responding to overdoses at an alarming rate, with more than 800 predicted this year; establishing safe stations for immediate help; sweeping parks for discarded needles; and taking lifesaving opioid lessons to schools.

“It's the men and women who work for us and out on the front lines every day, dealing with this crisis,” said Chris Stawasz, of AMR.

“It's really a statewide problem, but I think we came together as a team, as a partnership and with the community,” said Manchester fire Chief Daniel Goonan

Among them were the Manchester firefighters who pulled a woman from the fast and frigid waters of the Merrimack River in February, Manchester firefighters who rescued a person from a Manchester balcony with flames around them and a melting ladder beneath their feet, and the Exeter firefighter who gave lifesaving CPR to a fire lieutenant from Rye when he suffered a heart attack during a charity bike ride.
“It's the men and women who work for us and out on the front lines every day, dealing with this crisis,” said Chris Stawasz, of AMR.

Attendees also took a moment to honor the firefighters lost in the line of duty, and the families who stand behind them and all first responders.