PITTSBURGH, PA (October 14, 2020) – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Emergency Medical Services held an outdoor awards, swearing-in and promotions ceremony today beside the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on the North Shore.
Michael McClintock and Tyler Woeppel were sworn in as new Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Thomas Brungo, Brianna Kramer, Katsiaryna Lohinava, Emma Owings, Alyse Saylor, and Suzanne Schwebel were sworn in as new Paramedics.
Anthony Cugini was promoted from EMT to Paramedic and Crew Chief Anthony Shrader was promoted to District Chief.
EMS Chief Ronald Romano congratulated the group and thanked their families and friends for supporting them as they advance in their careers with Pittsburgh EMS.
“Thank you for sharing them with us and understanding when they miss a family event because they are helping someone else,” Romano said.
Medical Director Dr. Ronald Roth acknowledged how a global pandemic has created new challenges for EMS personnel in the field, while providing a new, heightened level of protection for everyone.
“There’s never been a more challenging time to be a pre-hospital care provider. Working at home is not an option for you and wearing a mask is not a political statement. It’s a way of keeping you safe, your families safe, and our patients safe,” said Dr. Roth.
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich congratulated the group on their accomplishments and told them that one of the most important services Pittsburgh EMS personnel can provide is compassion.
“Whether or not it’s basic life support or advanced life support, you always need to remember that it might be the first time that a member of the public is calling for a medic unit or an EMT unit. What you do during your patient care time, they may remember the rest of their lives,” said Hissrich.
Mayor William Peduto administered the Oath of Office for the new and newly-promoted members, reminding them that they’re part of an organization of leaders, but also part of a team that will be there for them so they can be there for the people of Pittsburgh.
“You’ll be in the situation where people will be relying upon you, so you will have to rely upon each other. You’ll be in the situation where people will be at the darkest moment of their life, in the moment where they don’t know whether they’ll be able to take another breath…and they’re going to rely upon you to make sure that they do,” said Peduto.
As part of the ceremony, District Chief Mike Rogers presented paramedics Romayne Bendig and Taylor Mahoney with the District Chief’s Award for their actions in rescuing a woman who was struck by a vehicle and trapped underneath.
The Meritorious Service Medal was awarded to Crew Chief Christy Zalewski for consistently demonstrating outstanding acts of service that reflect rare and exceptional character and an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.