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2016 Star of Life: Kerry Krikava, McKenzie County Ambulance Service

2016 AAA Star of Life Kerry Krikava

Kerry Krikava: NRP
McKenzie County Ambulance Service: Watford City, N.D.

Kerry Krikava is the 2015 ALS Provider of the Year and recipient of the North Dakota Star of Life Award.

Kerry began her EMS career in 1981 as an EMT and furthered her career to nationally registered paramedic. Kerry is known as the “go-to” person and the face of her service. She can be found in the field as a paramedic as well as in the office recruiting, grant writing, providing education and training, and coordinating with hospital staff in Watford City and medical providers across the state.

Kerry has been very active assisting with medical evacuations during the Fargo and Grand Forks floods, as well as providing legislative support with the statewide initiative Oil Impacted EMS. Kerry was instrumental in having the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) changed for ground ambulances and has testified several times on EMS issues at Medicare hearings and federal and state government sessions.

Kerry still works part time for the McKenzie County Ambulance Service and also works full-time in disaster, emergency preparedness and response for a multi-state engineering, botany, science and response consulting firm.