Mission:  The EMS FDNY Help Fund is a 501(c)(3). The funds that we raise are designated expressly for the Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics of the FDNY. Our mission is to ensure the security of our Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics and their families in the event of death, injury, illness or hardship. We seek to provide our dedicated EMS professionals with peace of mind.


The EMS FDNY Help Fund currently has two programs:

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  • FDNY EMS members who need immediate confidential counseling should call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) NYC-WELL.

  • We provide one place to start with EMS FDNY Help Fund supported, confidential mental health services: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Other confidential mental health services are available through National Institute for Psychotherapies—for instance psychotherapy, medication consults, etc. The EMS FDNY Help Fund has raised funds to pay any associated costs.

  • We welcome your donations to support our services.

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EMS FDNY Help Fund Board of Directors:

John Manning, Board Chairperson

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vaccinecard john manning 1stshotJohn Manning is currently the Special Events Coordinator at the Fire Department City of New York.


Vincent Variale, Vice Chair

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Vinny Variale is President at Uniformed EMS Officers Union FDNY, Local 3621 and a Lieutenant at the Fire Department City of New York.


John McGuire, Treasurer 

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John McGuire is a Paramedic Lieutenant at the Fire Department City of New York and a Paramedic at the Jericho Fire District.


Carl Gandolfo, Recording Secretary 

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Carl Gandolfo is a Paramedic at the Fire Department City of New York. He is also Recording Secretary of The Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors – F.D.N.Y. – Local 2507.


Anthony Almojera, Director

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Anthony Almojera is a lieutenant paramedic and vice president of the Fire Department of New York's Emergency Medical Services officers' union, Local 3621. With more than 17 years of experience, Anthony has been on the frontline responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York City.




Khadijah Hall, Director

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Khadijah Hall is an Emergency Medical Specialist-EMT of the Fire Department City of New York. She was awarded the Isaac Liberman Public Service Award at the 2018 Hundred Year Association of New York Public Service Awards.



James Hamilton, Director

Jaime Hamilton is an attorney specializing in e-discovery.



Brendan McCormack, Director

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Brendan McCormack is a 18-year veteran of the FDNY EMS - an EMT, a senior drill instructor at the FDNY EMS Academy, a member of the FDNY Ceremonial Unit and a CLI (Certified Lab Instructor) EMS Instructor.  


Gary Miller, Director

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Captain Gary Miller retired in July 2020 after 32 years of EMS service in the Fire Department City of New York.



Manuel Ramos, Director

Manny Ramos is a recently retired lieutenant paramedic from the Fire Department City of New York.



Kathleen Knuth, Director
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Kathleen Knuth is currently Division Commander of EMS BHS and EMS & Civilian Workers Compensation at the FDNY. Kathleen Knuth also serves on the Board of the Honor Emergency Fund of the FDNY.


Buffy Redsecker, Director

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Buffy Redsecker is the President of the SunLight Time Foundation. She is a past board chair of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Playwright, Diver, Explorer, Historian, Cat Behaviorist and a supporter of the EMS FDNY Help Fund since early 2020.  She has a degree in Ancient Military History from the Univ of Maryland.  She lives downtown with her husband and their two cats.


Danielle Gustafson is the Executive Director.

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