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First responders awards ceremony in Danvers postponed due to bomber chase

Posted by Terri Ogan  April 19, 2013 01:35 PM

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Because of the recent developments regarding suspects responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, the Action Ambulance First Responders Awards Ceremony has been postponed until further notice.

The awards, organized by the Action Ambulance service, were scheduled to be held Friday night at 7:30 at the Doubletree Hilton Boston North Shore Hotel in Danvers.

Deborah Chiaravalloti, a public relations consultant with Action Ambulance, said that the ceremony will most likely be rescheduled to a date in either late May or early June.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deputy commissioner, Richard Serino, is featured as the keynote speaker of the event.

The ceremony will also honor Koda, a K-9 search and rescue dog; Lee Prentiss, an Ipswich firefighter; Janet Ray, a nurse at Anna Jaques Hospital Emergency Room; and Amy West, Newburyport Police dispatch supervisor.

Serino invented the Boston Area Mutual Aid (BAMA) radio alert system that simultaneously alerts all EMS agencies in Metro Boston to respond to incidents of any scale. This system was used to coordinate immediate EMS response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Also being honored are Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins, Jr., and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett for the TRIAD program - safety for seniors.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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