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EMS in the News

NYC EMT Idris Bey dies of coronavirus, becoming 8th active FDNY member killed by pandemic

​BY THOMAS TRACEY   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS   APRIL 22, 2020

Idris Bey, an FDNY EMT who taught emergency medical care to his fellow first responders, has died of coronavirus complications, the department said Wednesday.(FDNY)

Idris Bey, an FDNY EMT who taught emergency medical care to fellow first responders, has died of coronavirus complications, the department said Wednesday.

The 27-year veteran took part in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero and since 2002 had been assigned to the FDNY's EMS Bureau of Training. 

The 60-year-old Queens resident is survived by his four children.

"During his extraordinary career, EMT Bey responded to countless calls for help in Brooklyn, and then took his experience and dedication to our academy, where he was responsible for the lifesaving training received by thousands of FDNY members," FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Wednesday. "Every New Yorker owes him a debt of gratitude."

"The FDNY is known as the best fire department in the world, and our prehospital emergency medical care is second to none," Nigro added. "Those facts are thanks to incredible people like Idris Bey, who dedicated their lives to the safety and training of our members."

Bey began his career at Station 35 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1993.  

He is the eighth active FDNY member to die from COVID-19. On Tuesday, the FDNY announced the death of EMT John Redd, 63.

Like Bey, Redd assisted in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Redd was currently assigned to FDNY Emergency Medical Dispatch, where he answered 911 calls and offered prearrival first aid instruction.

On April 12, EMT Gregory Hodge, 59, died from COVID-19 complications. He also worked at Ground Zero and since 2016 was a watch commander for the city's Office of Emergency Management.

Born and bred in Brooklyn, crime reporter Thomas Tracy has been covering the NYPD for more than a decade. He joined the Daily News in January 2013.

https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-fdny-emt-dies-idris-bey-20200422-3nq74wrurvaudi3njzqyh6m64m-story.html

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