Marzullo appointed to medical advisory board

Town Selectman Drew Marzullo, a longtime employee of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), extended his involvement in emergency services this week when he was officially appointed to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Emergency Medical Service Advisory Board.

According to Mr. Marzullo, recipient of three GEMS awards for his service and a Democratic selectman since 2009, the appointment came unexpectedly.

“I was kind of taken aback,” said Mr. Marzullo, who added that he felt “humbled” by the offer.

The advisory board presents an annual formal report to the Commissioner of Health which includes recommendations regarding regulations, medical guidelines, and policy affecting emergency services. If necessary, the committee then addresses the governor and the General Assembly. The purpose of the report is to improve delivery of emergency medical service throughout Connecticut, Mr. Marzullo explained.

Gov. Malloy said Mr. Marzullo’s experience as a paramedic will bring new insight to the board.

“I’m happy to have Drew on the EMS Advisory Board. EMS personnel are a vital component of our first response capabilities, and with his real world experience, I have no doubt Drew will be an invaluable addition to the board,” he said.

Mr. Marzullo’s involvement in emergency services began shortly after he graduated Northeastern University, when he returned to his native Greenwich unsure of his career path.

With the help of his mother, who worked at Greenwich Hospital, Mr. Marzullo first acquired a job transporting hospital patients. The position piqued his interest and led to his work as a volunteer with GEMS, which lasted two years and eventually landed him a paid position.

Nearly two decades later, Mr. Marzullo is a GEMS paramedic supervisor and has seen his fair share of emergency service incidents, he said.

“I’ve seen some things that truly I wouldn’t want anyone to see … and I’ve seen the absolute best of human beings.”

Nevertheless, participation on the advisory board will include a learning curve for the selectman.

Although he is well-versed in Greenwich’s emergency service practices, ambulance and emergency services throughout Connecticut and the country differ vastly, Mr. Marzullo explained. Depending on location, emergency services may be provided by a fire department, medical volunteers, paid ambulance service employees or other personnel, he said. Working on the advisory board, Mr. Marzullo will see a variety of emergency service workers “representing various opinions” regarding the field.

The board, however, is not a political one and the selectman will serve at the will of the governor.

“I’ve never been asked, putting an IV in somebody or splinting a fractured arm, whether or not I was a Republican or Democrat,” Mr. Marzullo said. “So it’s apolitical in that sense.”

Mr. Marzullo said he is excited to take on his new appointment and thankful to Gov. Malloy for considering him for the role.

“I hope to bring my unique perspective from on the ambulance, and insight from my partner who is emergency medicine physician assistant combined with my two terms as Greenwich Selectman to this board,” he said.

 

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