October 16, 2017

** Missouri lowers flags to half mast to honor fallen military flight medic

** FDNY to honor EMT who contracted AIDS on duty and died in 1997

UNITED STATES NEWS

** Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has ordered flags to half mast today to honor a military flight medic who died during a training exercise earlier this month in Texas. That is the word from KFVS (September 22) which said the order pertains to all state buildings and will honor the memory of Staff Sergeant Sean Devoy, 28. Devoy, who hailed from Ballwin, Missouri and was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, died at Fort Hood. Along with the above mentioned order, flags will fly at half mast between September 26 – October 1st at all state buildings in St. Louis County. Devoy was was assigned to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

** New York EMS brass are paying tribute to a former EMT who contracted AIDS on the job and died 20 years ago. The New York Daily News (Graham Rayman/September 23) said the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) will dedicate a memorial outside an East Harlem EMS station today. The memorial will honor the memory of Tracy Allen Lee, 34, the first prehospital provider in the city to be infected with HIV by a patient. Lee contracted the virus on November 1, 1989 after ripping her skin on a nail while treating a male patient in a hallway. The man later died and in May of 1994 Lee tested positive for AIDS. Lee’s husband Victor said while nice, the memorial doesn’t erase the indignities inflicted on his wife by the FDNY. Victor said the department denied Tracy more extensive medical benefits by declining to designate her illness as line of duty related. She died September 25, 1997.

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