NY EMS Chief dies of heart attack on the job
Karen Hand, AEMT-CC lost her life to sudden cardiac arrest while caring for a patient being transported
Duty Death: Karen Hand - [Broome County, New York]
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. — It is with profound sadness and regret that the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad and the Broome County Office of Emergency Services announce the line-of-duty death of Karen Hand, AEMT-CC.
Karen was Chief of the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad, and lost her life to sudden cardiac arrest this morning while caring for a patient being transported by that agency.
In addition to her 17 years of service with BVES, Karen was Captain of the Lisle Fire Company EMS First Response Team.
She served as a Deputy EMS Coordinator with the Broome County Office of Emergency Services for the past 20 years.
Karen also was a member of the Southern Tier CISM Team, she was an EMS Advisory Board member representing the Lisle Fire Company EMS First Response Team and was a former Broome County 9-1-1 dispatcher.
She was a dedicated public servant who always demonstrated professionalism in everything she did.”said Brett Chellis, OES Director and Broome County Fire Coordinator.
Republished with permission from WBNG-TV.