Recognizing Richard Wilson’s Service to our Communtiy

The Nassau County Legislator recently awarded Richard Wilson with a citation to acknowledge his years of service to helping others, both to the Glen Cove community and citizens of New York City. “These types of awards are only given to a few people,” Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said. “Richard is all around incredible guy and deserves every bit of acknowledgement 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,” Richard Wilson said.

Soon after his father recovered from his injuries, he volunteered for the GCFD, 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 GCFD 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.

Richard also recently received two esteemed awards: one from the NYFD 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, Richard works for the Glen Cove Police Department as an auxiliary officer.


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