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Congratulations to Our Stars of Life

Jun 16, 2011

NAEMT would like to congratulate its recent Stars of Life: Steven Simon of Acadian Ambulance Service, Louisiana, and Philip Reid of Metro West Ambulance, Oregon.

The Stars of Life is an annual event, sponsored by the American Ambulance Association (AAA), that recognizes and honors the dedication of EMS professionals — those who stand out in every area of the industry. The 20th Annual Stars of Life Celebration took place from May 1-4 in Washington, D.C.
Simon, a paramedic, was chosen by his peers as Acadian Ambulance Service’s 2011 Paramedic of the Year, an honor he previously won in 2008.

An 11-year Acadian veteran, Simon is a resident of Lake Charles, La. He is a certified EMS instructor and spends countless hours at the National EMS Academy in Lake Charles assisting the staff as an adjunct instructor. He also teaches CPR and advanced cardiovascular life support to Acadian employees as well as at local hospitals. A critical care medic, Simon works on one of Acadian’s busiest ambulances. He holds six Meritorious Awards from Acadian and is known for his positive attitude and the top-notch care he provides to his patients.

Within the year that Reid has worked as an EMT-Basic for Metro West Ambulance, he has shown a passion for EMS by serving his community and the surrounding areas. He quickly was promoted to a Field Training Officer and then to department Supervisor. Reid plans to continue his EMS education by working on his EMT-Intermediate this fall and then plans to study to be a paramedic. Reid also volunteers as a firefighter with the City of Hillsboro Fire and Rescue Department.

Simon and Reid were among the 81 EMS professionals honored this year as Stars of Life. According to the AAA, the Stars of Life epitomize the spirit and commitment of the nation’s top EMS professionals. Stars are recognized for service above and beyond the call of duty, years of service, extraordinary bravery, commitment, skill and dedication to their life-saving work and the communities in which they serve.