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2016 Star of Life: Loretta Contreras, Rural Metro

2016 AAA Star of Life Loretta Contreras

Loretta Contreras: Paramedic
Rural Metro: San Diego, Calif.

One of four original team members chosen to staff the city of San Diego’s Resource Access Program (RAP), Loretta “Leto” Contreras has been instrumental in RAP’s efforts to conduct crisis intervention with repeat 9-1-1 users and assist other vulnerable populations experiencing medical or social issues. Leto holds the record for most home visits for patients under this nationally recognized program. She has also led Rural Metro’s SWAT Medic Team.

In addition, due to her training as both a paramedic and physician assistant, she was selected to teach medical students how to identify “hot spots” in underserved communities that need coordinated care. A 30-year veteran, devoted clinician and community member, Leto embodies all that a Star of Life should be.