A Message From the President of NYSVARA

 

Friends and colleagues, Sunday 6-5-16, the EMS community lost a great man. Rich Beebe passed away as a result of injuries he sustained in an accident when a van cut in front of his motorcycle. Ironically, he was on his way home after having taught an EMS class.

Rich spent more than 30 years in EMS as a paramedic, nationally known educator and author. He had a great and unique gift. Besides having the ability to present the material he was teaching, he had the ability to make his students THINK. He was comfortable teaching any level student from basic EMT students to nurses and physicians. The name of his consulting company was called Medic Think. That says it all.

Rich, together with Mike McEvoy, were the Education Coordinators for NYSVARA’s Pulse Check Educational Conference for the past several years. Rich’s specialty was the BLS Pre-Conference and an original member of “The 3 Wise Men”. He truly was a wise man!

Rich touched the lives of literally thousands of people. He always had a smile or a joke. He made everyone who met him feel comfortable. He enjoyed the occasional good cigar and a little bit of bourbon. At our conference, at the end of the day, a few of us would gather in front of the hotel and Rich would “hold Court”. It was a great way to end the day. I had the honor and privilege to call him my friend.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of NYSVARA, I want to send my deepest sympathy to the Beebe family. Rich may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Eternal peace and Godspeed my brother!

***Update:  The Memorial Service is being moved to Guilderland High School to allow as many people who wish to attend to do so. The Guilderland High School is located at 8 School Road, Guilderland Center NY 12085. It will start at 1pm as previously planned and will end with a procession to the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad as previously planned (WTRS is at 200 Centre Drive, Albany NY 12203)

Members of Service, who plan on attending are asked to wear their uniforms to honor Rich. A reception will be held at Western Turnpike Rescue Squad Western Turnpike, Guilderland NY.

Richard Beebe: A trusted friend, expert teacher and passionate EMS advocate

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On April 15 voices rose all over the United States from low-wage workers seeking higher wages held protests – participants included Home Health Aids, Food Service Workers, Child Care Workers, and many, many more… too many more.

After a little bit of online research, I composed the following list which should show a little bit about the struggle most American workers have in 2015 to make ends meet. I chose (at random) five occupations and five locations. I used an average 2 adult/2 child family for cost of living. I did not include the cost of education and training as some of these professions require.

Take a look at the following and think about the obstacles facing the average and productive American. An added note, not one of the five professions can afford a single salary to support a family of four.

 

New York, NY

2 adult/2 child family needs $94,676

Emergency Medical Technician Basic $31,000

EMT Paramedic $49,000

General Food Service Worker $25,000

United States Senator $58,000

Public School Teacher $69,000

 

Los Angeles, CA

2 adult/2 child family needs $74,605

Emergency Medical Technician Basic $24,000

EMT Paramedic $39,000

General Food Service Worker $19,000

United States Senator $45,000

Public School Teacher $55,000

 

Miami FL

2 adult/2 child family needs $66,667

Emergency Medical Technician Basic $22,000

EMT Paramedic $34,000

General Food Service Worker $17,000

United States Senator $40,000

Public School Teacher $48,000

 

Dallas TX

2 adult/2 child family needs $64,826

Emergency Medical Technician Basic $23,000

EMT Paramedic $37,000

General Food Service Worker $18,000

United States Senator $43,000

Public School Teacher $52,000

 

Baton Rouge LA

2 adult/2 child family needs $57,160

Emergency Medical Technician Basic $20,000

EMT Paramedic $31,000

General Food Service Worker $15,000

United States Senator $36,000

Public School Teacher $44,000

 

In Dec 2014 the MLB Players Assoc said the average baseball salary was $3,818,923,

The current salary (2015) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

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*salary data from http://www.indeed.com/
*cost of living data from http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/

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