EMS Officers Union FDNY Local 3621

Paramedics Make In-flight Rescue

April 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

NONSTOP HEROES: Three New York City first responders, Local 2507 FDNY Paramedic and mental health counselor Andria Connell, President and FDNY EMT Oren Barzilay, and Local 3621 FDNY Lieutenant Krystal Hayes at Los Angeles International Airport after their midflight rescue of a Jet Blue passenger. By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Three New York City Emergency Medical Services Paramedics saved a distressed airline passenger on a Sunday night Jet Blue flight to California on March 28. Their heroic and quick action midflight also helped the airline avoid an emergency landing. “We had been in the air about four hours and I had dozed off when a flight attendant called for help with a medical emergency,” said Krystal Hayes, a 14-year veteran FDNY Lieutenant and member of EMS Officers Local 3621. Although their seats were scattered, Paramedics Andria Connell and Oren Barzilay immediately stood up [More...]


January 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

MELS TAX WORKSHOP on WED. JAN. 27, 5:30 to 7 P.M.  The MELS Tax Tips webinar is Wed., Jan. 27 at 5:30. The union’s team of legal experts can help you understand tax preparation for 2020. What’s income, what’s not? Filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and other tax prep tips. Join the webinar Jan. 27,  5:30 to 7 p.m. Register atwww.dc37mels.com to receive the Meeting ID e-mail before the event. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net  ###  POETRY in AMERICA  THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS Join a night of poetry with POTUS Joe Biden, Bill Murray, and DC 37 Local 3621 EMS Capt. Anthony Almojera for a free performance on Wednesday Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Register here: [More...]

FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums Band to Perform in Virtual Inaugural Parade

January 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

By ANGI GONZALEZ Amid the pandemic, it’s been some time since the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band performed publicly. On Wednesday, that will change when members take part in this year’s Inauguration Day festivities . “It was a great honor to be asked by the department to participate in this inauguration parade,” said band manager and FDNY Captain Kevin Haugh. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Haugh, who spoke with NY1 about the experience on Tuesday at EMS Station 18 in the Bronx. Haugh said it’s the first time the band will participate in an inaugural parade. In 2017, their NYPD counterparts went to Washington D.C. to perform when they were asked participate in President Donald Trump’s inaugural parade. Now, it’s the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band that gets an opportunity to shine.  “It’s actually going to be nice for us,” Haugh [More...]

Sept. 11 Remembrance

September 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

On the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we remember and honor the sacrifice of four DC 37 members who died on that terrible day: Rev. Mychal F. Judge, FDNY Chaplain, Local 299; Carlos Lillo, Paramedic, Local 2057; OTB Betting Clerk Chet Louie of Local 2021 and Lt. Ricardo Quinn, Paramedic of Local 3621. We must never forget our union sisters and brothers, who as first responders and essential workers died from working in the toxic ruins of the World Trade Center in the aftermath. Many continue to suffer, but we continue to fight hard on their behalf to ensure they receive proper health care and support. Their courage and commitment to public service remains an inspiration as we continue to battle the COVID-19 [More...]

EMS Workers Demand Fairness and Equality

September 26, 2019 // 1 Comment

Hundreds of first responders, members of DC 37’s local unions representing Emergency Medical Services workers at the Fire Department of the City of New York, rallied for equal pay and comparable treatment at a news conference on the steps of City Hall on Sept 25. They were joined by Uniformed EMS Officers Union FDNY Local 3621 President Vincent Variale; Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors FDNY Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay; Uniformed EMS Officers President Joseph Pataky; DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido; labor activists and elected officials to demand wage parity and support legislation that would require the FDNY to annually report the number of resignations of EMS workers. FDNY’s EMS first responders answered to close to 80 percent of the 1.8 million calls received by the FDNY last year, providing emergency medical care in the midst of life-threatening [More...]