By Faith Williams
MERIDEN — Four Hunter’s Ambulance employees will be honored during National Emergency Medical Services Week after successfully navigating a dangerous situation involving a co-worker.
“EMS Week is a time to to thank paramedics, EMTs and the entire EMS workforce for their service and sacrifice,” city officials said in a statement. “It is also an opportunity to continue to raise public awareness about the critical role of EMS in the community.”
EMS Week started Sunday and will run until Saturday. This year’s theme is ‘Caring for Our Communities’ and each day has a focus ranging from education to safety.
On Tuesday, four individuals will be honored for their “leadership, integrity, and commitment to medical services,” the statements said.
The honorees: Kyle Burke, Erik Larson, Peter Zera and Leonard Zapor, were involved with an unexpected situation with a co-worker earlier this year.
In February, a disgruntled Hunter’s Ambulance employee traveled around the state starting multiple fires using Molotov cocktails, including at the Meriden Hunter’s facility. Richard White, 37, of Torrington, was charged with criminal attempt to to commit first-degree arson, manufacturing bombs, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal mischief.
White remains in custody in lieu of more than $750,000 bail and has yet to enter a plea, according to the state Judicial Branch website. He is due in Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown on May 25 and in Meriden Superior Court on June 8.
“Each of those individuals were faced with the challenge of a member of their team, who became a great risk to them and later, to others,” David Lowell, COO of Hunter’s Ambulance said. "These four took charge of the situation to protect themselves and each other from an explosive situation that took off with no warning."
Speakers at the ceremony include Lowell, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Mayor Kevin Scarpati and Hunter’s CEO Donna Hunter. Gary Havican, president of The Hospital of Central CT and MidState Medical Center, will also be in attendance.
The ceremony will be held at Hunter’s Ambulance, 450 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is open to the public.