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2016 Star of Life: Darrell Mahrle, LifeCare Ambulance Service

2016 AAA Star of Life Darrell Mahrle

Darrell Mahrle: Paramedic
LifeCare Ambulance Service: Battle Creek, Mich.

Teacher, mentor, leader: these are words to best describe Darrell Mahrle. Darrell was nominated by several of his co-workers and selected by a panel of past Stars of Life award winners at LifeCare Ambulance Service. A common theme heard in all of the nominations was that Darrell is awesome with both students and new employees in his caring and thoughtful demeanor in guiding people who are developing their skills as EMS professionals.

That dedication to helping new employees doesn’t end when orientation is complete. One co-worker stated, “I have seen Darrell grow a lot as a leader over the past year. He has even gone out of his way to check in on me from time to time to see how I was progressing as a medic, and he also encouraged me as I continue to learn. There are not many people who care about how their students have done once they are sent on their way.”

Darrell obtained both his EMT and paramedic certifications from Kellogg Community College. Hired in August of 2006, Darrell has progressed steadily from his beginning as a part time EMT to a career paramedic. Prior to his EMS career, Darrell worked for his uncle at his veterinary clinic for three years.