NAEMSP President Responds to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
October 29, 2018
“The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) joins the nation in mourning the lives lost in the recent synagogue shooting, and in our support for the victims’ families and the Pittsburgh community in the wake of this terrible attack.
"We applaud the quick, coordinated response of law enforcement and EMS along with our partners in the entire public safety and medical community, whose preparedness and integrated response saved many lives. These first responders put their lives on the line to care for the victims. Dr. Leonard Weiss, assistant EMS medical director for the city of Pittsburgh and a member of NAEMSP, was one the first responders on the scene. Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, a primary care physician who ran to help, was one of the 11 people killed in the attack.
"It is unfortunate that we must prepare for such tragedy, but we are committed to providing the best possible care in emergencies like this. Just as there is evidence to support the best in-hospital care for patients with time-sensitive acute traumatic injuries, so do we have a body of high-quality evidence for this type of situation in the out-of-hospital care environment. We support EMS physicians across the country who are deploying these lifesaving interventions.
"Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this despicable act of hate and violence.“
—Dr. Brent Myers, President, National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)