The Brentwood Legion Ambulance and the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance mourn the loss of a friend and EMT, Bryant Ortiz. Bryant was involved in a motor vehicle accident shortly after his shift as an EMT with the Brentwood Legion Ambulance.

Bryant was remembered and memorialized as a dedicated and one of the most reliable members of Bay Shore Ambulance. He had served as a driver, received his auxiliary badge number 907, and quietly earned his NYS EMT certification and had served as a Captain.  Bryant had also received numerous awards during his tenure. For his years of outstanding service, the Board of Directors and Chief Officers, bestowed the title of Honorary Chief of Department to Bryant Ortiz.

Bryant embodied the strong values of high-quality patient care, compassion and professionalism, expected the same from those he worked with and valued his relationships. He was enthusiastic as a member and he worked on numerous committees. He was an educator, a dental hygienist, a food connoisseur, a musician, an EMT, a Son, an Uncle, a Brother, and his favorite “A Caped Crusader”, as he is affectionally known as the “Batman”. Bryant rode with a large escort of ambulances and emergency responder vehicles to the cemetery. Services at church and the gravesite were also attended by numerous uniform personnel.  Please give your thoughts and prayers to the Ortiz family and the chiefs, officers and members of both the Brentwood Legion Ambulance and the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance in memory and respect to “One of the Good Ones.”

– Fire News story by Myles P. Quinn; photos by Ken Bradbury