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2017 AAA Stars of Life: Reception and Banquet

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

Eric D. Eizenga (left); Kyle A. Wolber (center); and Ken Sink (right) from Superior Ambulance - which serves areas of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

Medstar Ambulance (Michigan) CEO, Kolby Miler (left); Cody Medlock, EMT-P (center); Mary Archie, EMT (right).

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

Tippy Lee and his wife Dominique from AMR Air in Hawaii are briefed about the day’s Hill visit location and timing.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

From left: JEMS Managing Editor Ryan Kelley; AAA Senior Director of Membership & Marketing Amanda Riordan; JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, AAA Director of Education Colleen MacCutcheon.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman with Duane Thomas, EMT-I (2017 AAA Star of Life honoree); Kevin Dillard, President/CEO LifeCare Medical Transports; Ken Cook, Operations Manager at LifeCare Medical Transports, Fredericksburg, Va.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

Mike Hall, President, Nature Coast Emergency Medical Services (Lecanto, Fla.) and JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman

07 / 19

2017 AAA Stars of Life

Shane Vargas, a firefighter paramedic with Rural Metro Fire in Central Arizona and JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman. Vargas responded to a structure fire on a paramedic engine and found an unconscious/unresponsive 52-year-old woman during interior search and rescue operations. He rapidly removed her from the hazardous environment, began CPR and assisted other Rural Metro engine and ambulance BLS/ALS personnel in her successful resuscitation.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

Jimmy Johnson, CEO, Life EMS (Enid, Okla.) Past President, American Ambulance Association and Co-Chair, American Ambulance Association Payment Reform with JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

Jonathan Washko, Director of the Northwell Health EMS System (Syosset, NY) and Vice-Chair of the AAA Education Committee, shows the plaque that will be presented to Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) in appreciation for his tremendous support of EMS both statewide and nationally as well as AAA's efforts to improve the delivery of emergency healthcare.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

AAA Star of Life Lynn Flores and partner. Lynn is an EMT-Intermediate for American Medical Response in Albuquerque, NM.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

The annual AAA Stars of Life banquet and awards reception was held at the Empire Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday June 13, 2017.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

Stars of Life Theresa Hartman and Tracy Allen from American Medical Response in Holland, Mich.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

The annual AAA Stars of Life banquet and awards reception was held at the Empire Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday June 13, 2017.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

The AAA Stars of Life annual banquet and awards reception was held Tuesday June 13, 2017 at the Empire Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., and opened with the U.S. Military Honor Guard and the singing of the national anthem.

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AAA President Mark Postma, JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman and Jonathan Washko, Director of the Northwell Health EMS System (Syosset, NY) & Vice-Chair of the AAA Education Committee. Postma presented A.J. with an honorary Star of Life for saving Washko’s life.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

American Ambulance Association President Mark Postma addresses attendees at the Stars of Life annual banquet and awards reception on June 13, 2017 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

The family of Yadra Arroyo, receiving a posthumous honor on her behalf. Arroyo, an EMT with the New York City Fire Department, died after an individual seized control of her ambulance and struck her while responding to a medical call in the Bronx.

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The wife of Michael Collums, receiving a posthumous honor on his behalf. Collums, an EMT with MedStat EMS in West Point, Miss., was killed after his ambulance collided with another vehicle while responding to an emergency patient.

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2017 AAA Stars of Life

The family of Michael Collums, receiving a posthumous honor on his behalf. Collums, an EMT with MedStat EMS in West Point, Miss., was killed after his ambulance collided with another vehicle while responding to an emergency patient.