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The 2017 AAA Stars of Life Recipients

The American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession.

The Stars of Life program honors these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. Stars and their guests, accompanied by executive hosts, are celebrated in a series of events in our nation’s capital. This year, AAA honors 107 Stars June 12–14.

Read more about this year’s Stars here.  

The 2017 receipients are:

  • Chana Alexander: American Medical Response, Lancaster, Calif.
  • Tracy Allen: American Medical Response, Holland, Mich.
  • Julie Anderson: Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond, Va.
  • Mary Archie: Medstar Ambulance, Clinton Township, Mich.
  • Lyle Armstrong: Del Norte Ambulance, Crescent City, Calif.
  • Yadira Arroyo: NYC Fire Department, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Hugo Badillo: American Medical Response, Lake Worth, Fla.
  • William Bailey: Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, N.Y.
  • Andrea Ball: Cataldo Ambulance Service, Somerville, Mass.
  • Jonathan Balzer: Sunstar Paramedics, Largo , Fla.
  • Jessica Berscheid: Taney County Ambulance District, Hollister, Mo.
  • Jason Billington: Mohawk Ambulance, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Josh Boden: Watonga EMS, Watonga, Okla.
  • Matthew Bradshaw: REACT EMS, Shawnee, Okla.
  • Harlan Brock: Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Sloane Brown: Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, La.
  • Donald Brown, III: Jackson Community Ambulance/Emergent Health Partners, Jackson, Mich.
  • Jeff Cloutier: Taney County Ambulance District, Hollister, Mo.
  • Danielle Cohen: Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, N.Y.
  • Benjamin Cohen: Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, N.Y.
  • Kent Coleman: St. Francois County Ambulance District, Farmington, Mo.
  • Michael Collums: MedStat EMS, West Point, Miss.
  • Ken Cook: LifeCare Medical Transports, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Darick Day: Madison County Ambulance District, Fredericktown, Mo.
  • Rhonda Dees-Lockwood: Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, La.
  • Bridget Dickert: LifeCare Ambulance Service, Battle Creek, Mich.
  • Christopher Dobson: MedicWest, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • David Dormady: MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dennis Dougan: Hunter’s Ambulance, Meriden, Conn.
  • Chris Eachen: Paramedics Plus (Fort Wayne), Tyler, Texas
  • Andrea Nicole Earley: Oklahoma Ambulance Association, Enid, Okla.
  • John Ehlich, III: Life EMS Ambulance, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Eric Eizenga: Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., Elmhurst , Ill.
  • Thomas Faticone: MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Ellen Fleming, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., Elmhurst ,  Ill.
  • Lynn Flores: American Medical Response, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Kerry Flynn: Armstrong Ambulance Service, Arlington, Mass.
  • Randall Frederick: North East Mobile Health Services, Scarborough, Maine
  • Aaron Gagnepain: Taney County Ambulance District, Hollister, Mo.
  • Brian Galowitz: Lakes Region EMS, North Branch, Minn.
  • James Garvin: Muskogee County EMS, Muskogee, Okla.
  • Ivan Gonzalez: American Medical Response, Scotts Valley, Calif.
  • Kira Gressman: American Medical Response, Golden, Colo.
  • Galen Hankal: REACT EMS, Shawnee, Okla.
  • Theresa Hartman: American Medical Response, Holland, Mich.
  • James Hassam: American Medical Response, Nashua, N.H.
  • Peter Hastings, American Medical Response, Modesto, Calif.
  • Theresa Helstowski: Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Brandon Herron: LifeNet, Inc., Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Cindy Hitchcock: American Medical Response, Greenville, Texas
  • Paige Hoffman: Action Ambulance Service, Inc., Wilmington, Mass.
  • Mark Hogue: Action Ambulance Service, Inc., Wilmington, Mass.
  • William Ingle: North East Mobile Health Services, Scarborough, Maine
  • Angela Jarrett: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  • Andy Jenkins: Community Ambulance, Macon, Ga.
  • Lorrane Johansen: Paramedics Plus, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Lisa Johnshoy: American Medical Response, Kalaheo, Hawaii
  • Tiffany Johnson: MEDIC EMS Agency, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Bob Johnson: Medix Ambulance, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Beth Keegan: Armstrong Ambulance Service, Arlington, Mass.
  • Christopher “Tippy” Lee: American Medical Response – Air Ambulance, Aiea, Hawaii
  • Deanne Lione: Cataldo Ambulance Service, Somerville, Mass.
  • Graham Losse: Nature Coast Emergency Medical Services, Lecanto, Fla.
  • Ryan Lowe: MEDIC EMS Agency, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Susan Lutchman-Mohammed: Global Medical Response, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sheryl Maia: American Medical Response, Portland, Ore.
  • Robert Mazzo: Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, N.Y.
  • Renee McClure: St. Francois County Ambulance District, Farmington, Mo.
  • Cody Medlock: Medstar Ambulance, Clinton Township, Mich.
  • David Mikec: Bell Ambulance, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Matthew Miner: Action Ambulance Service, Inc., Wilmington, Mass.
  • Gabe Moreno: Trinidad Ambulance District, Trinidad, Colo.
  • Tyler Niblett: Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, La.
  • Jeff Odenthal: Abbott EMS, Belleville,  Ill.
  • Padrick O’Grady: Bay Cities Ambulance, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Kenneth R. Olp: Community Care Ambulance, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Chris Page: EMSA, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Aaron Pawol: Mercy Flights, Inc., Medford, Ore.
  • Coty M. Peardon: Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, La.
  • Brian Porch: Regional Ambulance Service, Rutland, Vt.
  • Kasey Ras: Sunstar Paramedics, Largo, Fla.
  • Deborah Rath: American Medical Response, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • Elizabeth Roden: MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Heather Roy: Hunter’s Ambulance, Meriden, Conn.
  • Jeff Russell: Pafford Medical Services, Hope, Ark.
  • Jan Samson: North Dakota EMS Association, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Katrina Scaife: River Medical, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • Cheryl Schweinsburg: Mohawk Ambulance, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Robbie Seastrunk: LifeNet, Inc., Texarkana, Texas
  • John E. Smith: Community Care Ambulance, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Jennel Smith: Metro West Ambulance Eugene-Springfield, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Craig Sparks: Pafford Medical Services, Cleveland, Miss.
  • Sherri Steele: MEDIC EMS Agency, Charlotte, N.C.
  • R. Duane Thomas: LifeCare Medical Transports, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Melinda Toy: American Medical Response, Topeka, Kan.
  • Michael Turcio: American Medical Response, New Haven, Conn.
  • Shane Vargas: Rural/Metro Fire Department, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Derek Vermillion: Life Emergency Medical Service, Enid, Okla.
  • Doug Volin: Lakes Region EMS, North Branch, Minn.
  • Christopher Waters: Arizona Ambulance Transport, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
  • Derek Weinkauf: EMSA, Tulsa, Okla.
  • James Wilcott: Bay Cities Ambulance, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Amanda Wilkinson: American Ambulance of Visalia, Visalia, Calif.
  • Matthew Williams: LifeNet, Inc., Stillwater, Okla.
  • Marilyn Williams: Pafford Medical Services, Claremore, Okla.
  • Kyle Wolber: Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., Elmhurst ,  Ill.
  • Melissa Zimmer: Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro, Okla.