Cooperstown, N.Y. - Capt. Eric Pierce with the Cooperstown Fire Department has also taken on another title a number of times over the past 12 years, that title, EMS Incident Commander for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Pierce was dressed in bright neon yellow, along with more than 100 other EMS personnel from around New York State at Sunday Induction Ceremony.
The neon shirts were clearly visible and they were clearly needed when we spoke with Pierce around noon on Sunday, "We have five patients already being treated at this point and it’s very early, we haven’t really fully opened it yet."
Pierce says some of the EMS personnel came from as far away as Long Island and they are all prepared for an onslaught of heat-related illness cases, especially since he says the heat index is near 100, "I was incident commander in 2007 with Cal Ripken going in. We had 85,000 people, that was the estimate that was on the field that day and that was a big year. We treated over 100 patients that year and we've treated 10 in other years, today I expect that we are going to break every record we’ve ever seen."