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The American Ambulance Association hosted the 2014 class of Stars in Washington, DC from March 24th to 26th.  This year's keynote speaker was Captain Raymond Dupuis from the Watertown Police Department. On Monday, March 24th at a luncheon with the Stars, he presented his perspective on the Boston Marathon bombing, how the suspects ended up in Watertown and the impact upon the police, Fire, EMS the community of Watertown, Massachusetts. Jeff Bauman was also in attendance to speak about his experience as a survivor of the attack and thank the EMTs for their life saving efforts.
Stars and their hosts met with members of Congress to discuss their Star nomination and issues critical to the ambulance industry such a Medicare reimbursement, the Sustainable Growth Rate ambulance extension and Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program to paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at private companies.  In between these events, the Stars spent time getting to know one another and enjoying time with their fellow Stars, families and hosts.

Get to Know the 2014 Stars
Stars of Life Official Program Book

Click Here for the Capitol Hill Portraits
Passcode: starsoflife

Click Here to check out the amazing candid photos from the event.

Stars in the News:
Jonathan Blackwell, AMR
WAPT 16 News

Jonathan Blackwell and Eva Parfait , AMR
Clarion Ledger 

Dale Montgomery, AMR

Glen Biddiscombe, Armstrong Ambulance
Randolph Herald

Lisa Camp, Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department
The Journal Friendswood

Spencer Oliver, Robert Conrath and Mike Rainey, Metro West Ambulance
Hillsboro Tribune

Ernest "Skip" Bebernitz, Mohawk Ambulance
WGY News Radio
News Channel 13
Time Warner Cable News

Anna Ailstock, Richmond Ambulance Authority
Times Dispatch

Lee Ann Wiggington, Shoals Ambulance

Medal of Valor Award Winners, Local News Coverage:
NBC 4 Washington
Fox DC

Calling all Stars of Life Past and Present.  Would you like to reconnect with your Class of Stars, stay involved in our efforts on Capitol Hill or share your story with other Stars? The AAA will be creating an online community for all Stars and we would love to hear from you.  Contact Desiree LaFont at [email protected] or 703-610-9038 to be included and to update your contact information.

Nominations for 2015 Stars of Life opens in November.
Mark Your Calendar Now for the 2015 Event
April 13-15, 2015
Washington, DC 



A community of the unsung, often inconspicuous in their heroism and commitment to the public they serve. They are extraordinary men and women that make a difference every day. The American Ambulance Association will honor the 2014 Stars of Life with 3 days of celebration, education and advocacy in the Nation's Capital.

Your Nomination Creates a "Star"

The American Ambulance Association's Stars of Life Celebration is the most rewarding and exciting national event in the industry. This one of a kind event honors the dedication of ambulance services professionals — those remarkable individuals that stand out and represent excellence in every area of the industry. Your simple act of Nominating creates a "Star". These are the people The American Ambulance Association will recognize in a series of celebratory events in our Nation's Capital.

  • Everyone nominated becomes a Star of Life.
  • Organizations with limited funding can apply for a Travel Grant to cover the cost of sending their Star to Washington.  
  • Begin the process early so you can plan to be part of the celebration in Washington, DC.
  • Our goal is to have at least one Star of Life from every state in our country.
  • Nominate and register as many of your employees as you want recognized in Washington, DC.

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
  • Significant community distinction or honors related to ambulance, public safety, public health or health care services
  • Consistent services record which exemplifies your ambulance operation's mission
  • Local leadership in developing community partnerships with homeland security