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May 16-22, 2021: EMS Recognition Week

WHEREAS, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are providing a vital public service on the frontlines of a global pandemic; and,


WHEREAS, EMS providers stand ready to provide lifesaving health care to Michigan residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and,

WHEREAS, access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and,


WHEREAS, EMS fills critical health care gaps by providing important out-of-hospital care, including preventative medicine, follow-up care, and access to telemedicine; and,


WHEREAS, EMS providers have gone above and beyond to adapt during the COVID-19 health care crisis, putting their own health and safety at risk to care for their communities; and,


WHEREAS, EMS personnel continue to strengthen their lifesaving skills through thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education; and,


WHEREAS, in observance of EMS Recognition Week, attention must be given to the value and accomplishments of EMS agencies and providers who work around the clock in any type of emergency, dedicating their lives to save others;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 16-22, 2021 as EMS Recognition Week in Michigan.