A Guide of National Standards for a LODD
Dear Emergency Services Director/Chief:
The Wisconsin EMS Honor Guard was formed to provide a uniform statewide EMS Honor Guard for your department, the family, and fallen EMS Provider who has made the ultimate sacrifice.
If the family requests a full honors funeral, we will work with the funeral home director and assist the family and your department in preparing to HONOR the fallen provider.
When a member of the EMS community has given their life in the performance of their duties we find the EMS Community statewide wishes to show respect, as well as the community they served, along with Law Enforcement and Fire Services. We will assist your department to organize this task. The logistics to coordinate this type of funeral are overwhelming for anyone to plan who has not done this before, honors might be missed and federal and state benefits left unclaimed.
Below you will find an Emergency Notification form: "Employee Wishes". We recommend that you ask ALL of your employees to fill out and return this form to you. Please keep the forms on hand in a location that can be accessed by you and your representative. We further recommend that this form be reviewed annually for any changes that need to be made. It will help the family and you know the wishes of the employee. The LODD checklist will begin to guide you through the first 24=48 hours.
You will also find the EMS Directors Guide. IT is a guide of events that need to be followed and have been established to assist you in this process. You may feel free to modify it in any way that will work for your department. Once the Honor Guard has been notified a representative will call you.
We know how tragic the loss of a colleague can shock the entire department and community. The experience can be overwhelming to all, we train to assist you, please call us as soon as possible should it happen to your department.
Craig Nelson, Paramedic
Wisconsin EMS Honor Guard Association, Inc.