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Honor the Stars of Life in Your Agency

Each year, the American Ambulance Association recognizes the dedication of ambulance services professionals who serve their communities day-in and day-out, often inconspicuously. These are the unsung heroes of EMS, and they deserve recognition for their commitment to the public they serve.

This year’s Stars of Life honorees have served the EMS field in a variety of roles. From the first paramedics to arrive at the scene of the San Bernardino terrorist shooting, to the hardworking mechanics who keep the gears turning for their agency, each and every Star has made a significant contribution to the betterment of their agency.

“Anytime someone dials 9-1-1, there are a number of highly trained professionals who respond and arrive to deliver excellent emergency medical and pre-hospital care,” says AAA president Mike Hall. “EMS professionals are extraordinary men and women who make a difference every day.”

The Stars of Life program is a rewarding and exciting national EMS event, and provides EMS providers across the country the opportunity to network with other professionals and to have face-to-face meetings with the politicians who represent them in Washington.

Save the Date

The nomination period for the 2017 Stars of Life will open in January 2017. Here’s what you need to know:

  • All registered Stars will be honored as Stars of Life.
  • Begin your selection process early so you can plan to be part of the celebration in Washington, D.C.
  • The AAA’s goal is to have at least one Star of Life from every state in the U.S.
  • Stars may be sponsored for all or some of their travel or registration expenses through the Stars of Life Travel Grant Program. Click here to see the Travel Grant Form
  • Deadline to submit complete nominations with photos and bios is March 15. 


Any employee from your organization who epitomizes the spirit and commitment of our nation’s top ambulance service professionals is an appropriate selection (living or deceased). Paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, customer service representatives or other operations personnel are potential nominees for the Stars of Life award. For example, candidates may be selected because they received or were honored for:

  • State level Star of Life or other award program recipient
  • Employee of the year
  • On-duty or off-duty services above and beyond the call of duty such as special rescue or
  • Setting of significant records
  • Significant community contribution such as volunteer work, local leadership or partnerships with other organizations or agencies, i.e. HHS, DHS, etc.
  • Significant community distinction or honors related to ambulance, public safety, public health or healthcare services
  • Consistent services record which exemplifies your ambulance operation’s mission

See You Next Year

We hope to see you in Washington, D.C., next year for the 2017 Stars of Life celebration. Be sure to follow the AAA all year long for important updates on advocacy and important industry updates that affect all ambulance service providers.

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