2016 EMS Memorial
Ceremony : The Ceremony was held at the EMS Memorial
in West Des Moines at Station #19, located at 8055 Mills Civic
Parkway on May 14, 2016.
A moving tribute to four fallen fellow providers and to all Iowa EMS
It was a cold and windy Iowa day for our ceremony. We honored some
very special EMS heros on Saturday. Our 2016 Honorees are, Douglas
J. Butzier, M.D., Annette M. Hird, Dennis I. Mallory, D.O., Brian S.
We are always impressed with the speakers at this beautiful tribute
to our faithful Iowa EMS servants, but this year was exceptional.
Our Iowa Rep. Zach Nunn, Iowa House Representative, House District
30, Rebecca Curtiss, Bureau Chief-Emergency and Trauma Services,
Iowa Department of Public , and Heather Maier, RN, CCRN, CEN,
Mission: Lifeline Director - Iowa, were simply outstanding. The
message resonated deeply with family and friends of the honorees and
all EMS providers.
A special thanks to AirCare2: Waterloo, Unity Point Health Life
Flight and Mercy One: Des Moines for their closing ceremony
fly-over. AirCare is flys out of the hospital that one of our
honorees Annette Hird worked many years at and was working on her
flight nurse credentials. This is a very emotional and special part
of this ceremony. We are grateful these programs agree to do this
year after year.
Indianola FD Honor Guard tribute and presentation of the colors -
the symbol of the community the honorees, served and sacrificed so
much for - was solemn and reverent. One of this year's honorees,
Brian Seymour, was a Fire/Medic at Indianola Fire. Indeed, a
beautiful and personal tribute to him as well.
If you've never attended this ceremony - I highly recommend it -
it's a tribute to all EMS providers!
Special Thanks to West Des Moines EMS for hosting this event each
If you have a fallen hero you'd like to honor at the 2017 ceremony.
You can do so by applying online at this link prior to April 11,
here for the application for Honoree engraving.