Via MassLive story and photos by Don Treeger, 5/23/19
SPRINGFIELD — American Medical Response (AMR) marked National EMS Week on Thursday with an open house at its Cottage Street headquarters.
The event included hands-on CPR training, booths from area businesses, appearances from Boston Red Sox mascot Wally and Springfield Thunderbirds mascot Boomer, and visits from heart attack survivors.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno's Chief of Staff Thomas Ashe brought greetings from City Hall.
Scenes from the event are below.
These first responders are getting an ambulance ready for service.
Dispatcher Selenia Rodriguez works in the AMR Regional Communications Center.
Heart attack survivor Victoria Vermette, left, talks with Celina Conway, director of enrollment and marketing at Mercy LIFE, a senior health care program of Trinity Health of New England.
Springfield Thunderbirds mascot Boomer gets a CPR lesson from paramedic supervisor Karen Nadeau.
This is K-9 first responder Spartacus and his handler Brad Cole.
Dispatcher Kayla Duga works in the Regional Communication Center.
The event included the presentation of numerous awards to AMR emergency workers.