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Ross gets backing of EMS union

Councilor Michael P. Ross, among two dozen candidates running for mayor, is receiving the backing of the union that represents crews on Boston ambulances, a group that in recent years has not endorsed candidates.

The union leadership voted unanimously earlier this week to throw its support behind Ross. The union — the EMS Division of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association — represents roughly 380 emergency medical technicians, paramedics, lieutenants, and captains who work at Boston EMS.

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“Councilor Ross has been an advocate for EMS,” union treasurer Tony O’Brien said. “We’re going to do anything and everything we can do.”

As a councilor, Ross was instrumental in helping EMS gain the same pension and injury pay as police, firefighters, and other first responders, O’Brien said.

“This is a great show of early support,” Ross said Thursday. “I have enormous respect for the courage and heroism of our first responders, particularly what we have seen the last few weeks.”

The union plans to make donations to the campaign and help Ross in other ways.

Ross is one of 24 candidates running to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Two other candidates — state Representative Martin J. Walsh and Councilor Felix G. Arroyo — have strong ties to labor and are expected to win most union endorsements.

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.
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