HACKENSACK, NJ – First responders from throughout Bergen County were recently honored by Hackensack University Medical Center for their hard work and dedication on the job.

The 28thannual Emergency Medical Services Excellence Awards Program, which was held May 13 at the Stony Hill Ill, not only recognized individuals who have gone beyond the call to make a difference but also celebrated the spirit of collaboration between medical centers, physicians, police officers, firefighters, nurses, paramedics and EMTs.

Held each year during EMS Week - which takes place during the third week of May - the event aims to bring together EMS workers and HUMC doctors to help recognize how first responders contribute to the care given ti patients before and after reaching the hospital.

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Mark Sparta, president and Hackensack University Medical Center’s chief hospital executive, said, “The nature of the job requires quick thinking, action and resourcefulness. Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to honor these individuals who went above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others. First responders take the responsibility of safeguarding the public very seriously and we thank them for their service to our communities.”

During the ceremony, emergency service workers from the following were honored:

  • Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps
  • Fairview Emergency Rescue Unit
  • Hackensack University Medical Center EMS
  • Garfield High School
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Hackensack Police Department
  • Mahwah EMS
  • Moonachie First Aid and Rescue Squad
  • Paramus Police Department
  • Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
  • Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department
  • River Vale Police Department
  • Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance
  • Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance
  • Holy Name EMS
  • Hudson Regional Hospital EMS
  • Valley Hospital 
  • Wood-Ridge Police Department