Richard Wilson was recently awarded with a citation to acknowledge his years of service to helping others, both to the Glen Cove community and citizens of New York City, by Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton.
“These types of awards are only given to a few people,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “Richard is an all around incredible guy and deserves every bit of acknowledgment he receives for his selflessness. I hope his actions inspire others to be like him.”
After EMS workers saved his father‘s life after a car accident, it inspired him to volunteer with the Glen Cove EMS.
“I was in awe of the EMT workers’ ability to save lives and wanted to be able to help other people the way they helped my dad,” Wilson said.
Soon after his father recovered from his injuries, he volunteered for the GCVFD, learning how to operate an ambulance and obtaining his CPR certification. During the year he served as a volunteer ambulance driver, he and only one other member of the GCVFD volunteered the most hours.
While being a crossing guard for the Glen Cove School District was very rewarding, his family- and community-oriented attitude drew him to want to help people in a big way otherwise.
So, he studied at night to become an Emergency Services Technician (EMT). He was hired to work for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) in 2006.
Wilson also recently received two esteemed awards: one from the FDNY for helping to save a man who was in cardiac arrest with no pulse and not breathing; another was given to him by the City of Glen Cove for helping to save the life of a young woman who wasn’t breathing after overdosing on heroin.
When he’s not helping to save lives of the citizens of New York City, Wilson works for the Glen Cove Police Department as an auxiliary officer.