Dear Emergency Services Director,
Part of the mission of the Wisconsin EMS Honor Guard is to provide a FULL HONORS Funeral for an EMS Provider who has made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the Line Of Duty. If the family requests a full honors funeral, we are here to assist the family and you in preparing to Honor this individual.
EMS Services should have employees complete an emergency employee form. We recommend reviewing annually, and keep on file. Please keep the forms on hand in a location that can be accessed by you and your representative. The form will help the family and you know the wishes of the employee.
When a member of the EMS Community has given their life in the performance of their duties: not only does the EMS Community throughout the state want to honor them, so does the Community they served, as well as Law Enforcement and the Fire Services will want to pay their respects. The logistics to coordinate this type of funeral is overwhelming for anyone to plan who has not done this before. The Wisconsin EMS Honor Guard is trained and ready to provide a service to honor the individual, and it will allow you and your department to focus on healing together.
The family will be entitled to several benefits in a LODD from both the Federal and State government. The Honor Guard has trained personnel to assist the family in filing these forms.
You will also find the Ambulance Directors checklist The first 24 hours. The checklist is a guideline of events that need to be followed and have been established to assist you in this process. You may feel free to modify this checklist in any way that will work for your department.
We truly hope that the need for this never arises. But, in the event it does: these forms and the Honor Guard are here to assist you, your service members, and the family through this tragic time.