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:

  • We were founded to support FDNY EMS members who are undergoing financial hardship and need financial assistance. 

  • The John A. Reisenbach Foundation has provided a Housing Security grant for EMS FDNY impacted by Catastrophic Events.

    The John A. Reisenbach Foundation recognizes that the EMS FDNY Help Fund provides a safety net to 4,567 EMTs and Paramedics that serve as frontline medical care providers across NYC’s five boroughs and as of 25 years ago, they are part of the FDNY. We call them NYC’s street doctors as vulnerable NYC populations often will not seek medical care until it is an emergency.
    We want FDNY EMS impacted by Financial Hardship, Natural Disasters and Pandemics to be able to stay in their existing housing - whether they rent or own - in order to continue their work as “NYC’s Street Doctors”, rather than losing their existing housing and further disrupting their vital work.

    Here is the application for Financial Assistance.

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  • We welcome your donations to support our services.

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EMS FDNY Help Fund Board of Directors:


John McGuire, Chairperson 

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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.


Anthony Almojera, Vice Chair

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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 and is the author of Riding the Lightning A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic.


Kathleen Knuth, Treasurer

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Kathleen Knuth is currently Division Commander of Division Commander of PSAC2 at the FDNY. Kathleen Knuth is also President of the FDNY Women’s Benevolent Association.


Carl Gandolfo, Secretary 

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

Gary Miller, Assistance Committee Chair

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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, Recording Treasurer

Manny Ramos is a retired Lieutenant Paramedic from the Fire Department City of New York.

Kim Hranicky, Recording Secretary

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Kim Hranicky is a dedicated professional with a background in marketing and international business, having earned a BBA in Marketing from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and a Master’s degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. With a decade-long career in computer software sales, Kim later took a hiatus to focus on raising her children while actively engaging in community service.

Driven by a passion for giving back, Kim is committed to raising awareness about the challenges faced by EMTs and driving positive change within the community.


David Cira, Director

David Cira is the Captain of the EMS Training Academy, within the New York City Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services Operations.  David is committed to advancing NYC EMS and was Chair of the 2023 EMS FDNY Help Fund Golf Fundraiser.  He has since joined the Board of Directors and is leading the EMS FDNY Help Fund 2024 Golf Classic.

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.


Rev. Pamela Holmes Saxton, Director

A native of New York, New York, Pamela Holmes-Saxton, is a Reverend at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York and an FDNY Chaplain. Pamela graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor’s in Government and American History; The Graduate School of Political Management (at George Washington University) with a Master’s in Campaign Management and Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity.  Her swearing in was featured in the NY Times - A Fire Dept. Chaplain Breaking Barriers - The Rev. Pamela Holmes will be sworn in today as the Fire Department’s second female chaplain, and the first Black woman in the role.




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.  



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.


Indre Saviciute, Director

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Indre Saviciute is a business management consultant providing operational, administrative and strategic advisory services to start-ups and boutique companies. She has worked in Finance Sector for High Frequency Trading Companies for more than 15 years as Chief Administrative Officer running enterprise operations. Currently, she has her own consulting company TAIP LLC.


Allison Shaugnessy, Director

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Lt. Allison Shaugnessy started as an EMT in Manhattan, Medic in the Bronx in 2013.   When promoted to Lt in 2019, she returned to the Bronx. She is currently stationed at the HazTac Battalion since 2021 and serves as  an  Executive Board Member in Local 3621 from 2022.


Danielle GustafsonExecutive Director

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Danielle Gustafson supports the Fund with more than twenty years experience as a Digital Brand and Marketing Leader and has pivoted from Financial Services to Not-for-Profit Leadership. She is known for serving as a trusted advisor and partner for all stakeholders - team contributors to C-Suite and Board. 




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