Wash. hospital establishes scholarship in honor of EMT killed at medical office

The paramedic training scholarship is named in memory of EMT Liliya Zagariya, who was killed by a disgruntled patient in December


Craig Brown
The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Vancouver-based PeaceHealth has established a scholarship in memory of Liliya Zagariya, the employee who was killed by a disgruntled patient Dec. 22 at a Vancouver medical office.

The endowed scholarship, open to students from Clark or Cowlitz counties, will cover the costs of tuition and expenses for the Paramedic Training Program at Portland Community College. Zagariya was pursuing a career as a paramedic and volunteering for Cowlitz County Fire District 2 when she died.

"Lily had dedicated her life to her faith, her family and her community," said Sean Gregory, chief executive at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. "PeaceHealth Southwest's Mission Services, Foundation, and Spiritual Care teams wanted to offer a meaningful and lasting tribute to Lily's life, and we believe this memorial scholarship is an appropriate reflection of her desire to serve."

To learn more about the Liliya Zagariya Memorial Scholarship, or to donate, please visit peacehealth.org/LiliyaFund.

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(c)2021 The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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