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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Medical Journal 2011


Morning Sentinel


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Looking northerly towards the Capitol from State Street, this is the site of the Maine EMS memorial, also planned to serve as a tribute to all EMS providers past, present and future and the system within which they collaborate to save lives. It will be located between the Firefighters' Memorial (in the foreground) and the Law Enforcement Memorial, whose location is marked by the American flag at the lower right of this photograph.

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provider and to every service in the state. “If one member of each service, or a community volunteer representative, stepped forward and took on the challenge of raising $1,000, we would reach our goal,” Petrie said. “What drew me personally into supporting this project is that it highlights the everyday response to calls, and Maine EMS providers helping people,” he said. “No matter where in Maine, you call 911 and someone shows up, whether you’re in downtown Portland, or in Grand Lake Stream.” The Memorial design and layout is scaled to fit alongside the existing fire and law enforcement memorials. The style of the EMS Memorial, like the concept, is nontraditional. A small central statue, depicting a patient being cared for by EMS providers, will be joined by visual and audio features. To the right of the statue will be a glass wall on a granite pedestal with a welcoming message and an overview of the Memorial and the Maine EMS System, its mission and

components. Ahead, at the far side from the entrance, visitors will see another glass wall, inscribed with “EMS” and the traditional Star of Life symbol. Both glass walls will be brightly lit at night, illuminated upward through their bases. The small parcel of land will feature six granite benches for seating and contemplation. Two to three dozen randomly-placed granite pillars of varying heights up to fourfeet-tall will surround the statue of the patient. A third glass wall will be erected near the pillars. Each will be topped by one of three types of caps, each denoting one of the categories of EMS organizations being recognized, including first responders who have died in the line of duty and system leaders who have significantly contributed to the founding and development of the statewide Maine EMS system. The first two categories will bear an individual’s name and affiliation on the metal cap. The third category will represent a universal recognition of Maine EMS system providers. The scattering of these pillars around the site represents the wide variety of EMS providers who work throughout the state every day. Another key feature of the memorial is an interactive audio component. Using a cell phone or alterna-

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A Civil War-era Maine ambulance, displayed at Fort Knox, is a sign of how far EMS has come.

tive technology, a visitor will be able to access messages unique to each of the glass walls, explaining the system and the jobs, describing contributions, offering tributes, and hearing comments from some of the people who have held these positions. Individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to make a tax

deductible contribution to the Maine EMS Memorial may send a check payable to ‘KVEMSC — Memorial’ to Kennebec Valley EMS, 71 Halifax St., Winslow, ME 04901. To learn more about the Memorial Project and other ways to help, visit the Maine EMS Memorial page on FaceBook, or call 512-0975.