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Edited by Alfredo Alvarado

A Sept. 20 ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of Tracy Allen Lee’s death.

EMS Tracy Allen Lee remembered

Dozens of first responders attended a ceremony at EMS Station 10 on Sept. 24 to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Emergency Medical Technician Tracy Allen Lee, one of New York City’s first public employees to contract AIDS on the job.

Lee’s subsequent illness and death in 1997 at age 34 paved the way for state legislation enacted in 1998 that grants emergency workers in Local 2507 and their Supervisors in Local 3621 an automatic three-quarters pension for line-of-duty injuries.

Tracy Allen Lee fought a lengthy battle against her disease and for the city to recognize line-of-duty injuries. The city eventually buried the fallen Local 2507 member with full honors and granted her a line-of-duty designation posthumously. A stone marker unveiled Sept. 24 honors Lee’s struggle.