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March 19, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Paramedics have endorsed Councilman Bill Peduto in his bid to become the next mayor of the City of Pittsburgh.

“The hard-working men and women who represent Pittsburgh EMS stand with Bill Peduto for Mayor because of his continued support of our organization and concern for the safety and well being of all residents in the City of Pittsburgh,” says Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics, Local 1 President Anthony Weinmann.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Pittsburgh’s Paramedics. Pittsburgh is recognized internationally as a model for Emergency Medical Services and it is because of the professionalism of these men and women that we will continue to earn that honor. Everyday, they protect those who are in the most need. Their job is not easy and they know, as Mayor, I will continue to work with them to assure their mission of serving all of Pittsburgh,” says Councilman Peduto.

The medics are the first city workers union to publicly endorse Peduto. They join the United Steel Workers; Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees; SEIU Local 32BJ, the largest property service workers union in the country; the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania, one of the largest labor councils in the United States representing building construction workers; Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; State Senator Wayne Fontana; State Representative Erin C. Molchany of Mount Washington; City Councilman Bruce Kraus of the South Side; and City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of Carrick.