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



February 1, 2014


Dr. Michael S. Lippe Memorial


2nd Annual International Chili Cook Off
to benefit the paramedic program at
Rockland Community College.

National champion chefs, live music, family entertainment.

Rockland County Community College

Viola, New York 10901

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The CALL 911 Chili Cook-off is heating up.
This is a Qualifier for the WCCC 2014, where ever it is held. 
Hoping to have 30 Cooks. $1000 first place red.
A terrific new venue in Suffern NY. (Rockland Co.)

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