We regret to pass on that Paramedic William “Brad” Blackman. Brad, 56 years old, succumbed to complications from COVID-19 contracted from his work as a Paramedic.
Bill was member of the AMR Philadelphia family who succumbed to complications from COVID-19. With a career spanning 30 years in EMS, Brad exemplified what it meant to be a team player. He was always willing to come in for extra shifts especially when we needed him. Just a month ago, Brad received a commendation for helping save a man’s life. He and his partner came upon a man getting ready to jump off of a bridge. They were able to talk him down and get him help. He was a true hero.
Brad was an avid bicyclist and has participated in bike tours all over the region, including the Policy Unity Bike Tour and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. He also loved to go diving, frequently going to the Caribbean to dive. Brad was also known locally for making excellent brownies. In fact, we all looked forward to “brownie Thursdays” because he would bring in a fresh batch every Thursday. He sometimes would even bake an extra tray and hide them in his car for anyone that didn’t get a brownie from the first tray.
A member of the association since February 10, 1983, Brad joined initially as a Firefighter advancing to Firefighter/EMT and then on to Firefighter/Paramedic. During his 37 years with the Swarthmore Fire Department Brad held the ranks of Lieutenant, Assistant Engineer, House Chairman, Ambulance Lieutenant, and ultimately Ambulance Captain. Brad received the top 10 most active responder award in both Fire and EMS over a multitude of years. Passionate about fire and emergency medical services, Brad was instrumental in the fire company’s initial purchase of an ambulance and development of its emergency medical services program. Brads commitment to EMS never wavered and as an avid cyclist Brad rode in The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride every year since beginning in 2010. Our membership mourns the loss of a great friend and selfless volunteer.
Brad was active in EMS across Delaware County for over 35 years. We ask that you keep his family and friends near and far in your thoughts during this difficult time.