It’s October 2005, and an earthquake has just hit Pakistan.
A group of paramedics at St. Claire’s Hospital in Manhattan are drinking coffee and listening to the news about the devastating earthquake that just hit northern Pakistan. 75,000 have been killed; over a million are homeless. The U.N. Secretary General is pleading for help. Some of them exchange glances.
Five days later, a US Navy helicopter drops of 13 health professionals from NYC in Suyan, Pakistan. NYC Medics is born.
Photo: Matthew McDermott
Over the years, we’ve evolved from sending Emergency Medical Teams into natural disasters to setting up pre-hospital infrastructure in humanitarian crises.
What we care about is saving lives when no one else can get there.