Battle Creek EMT receives Star of Life award
May 24, 2012 — Patrick Dellinger, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with LifeCare Ambulance Service recently received a Star of Life award from the American Ambulance Association. Dellinger has been an EMT with LifeCare for the past seven years, and was recognized for his dedication and commitment to his patients and to his job.
According to LifeCare’s CEO, Ron Slagell, “He is recognized by his peers for being a great team player and thinking outside of the box, which is beneficial, because many of the calls ambulance crews respond to are unique to that patient’s situation. His dedication goes beyond his career, as I’ve observed his dedication to his family as well.” Dellinger also has cross-trained as an ambulance dispatcher, and recently completed the fire academy, and works as an on-call firefighter.
In Washington, D.C., Dellinger joined 72 other Stars of Life recipients representing 30 different states, and was one of five Stars from Michigan. The recipients of the “Star of Life” distinction are medics, dispatchers, or other exceptional EMS personnel that have been nominated and are being recognized for service above and beyond the call of duty, years of service, on-duty heroism, or are honored as employees of the year. The event featured a banquet and presentation ceremony to honor the Stars. Dellinger also had the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and meet with staff of the Michigan’s Congressional delegation, and delivered important information regarding the vital role that EMS plays in the healthcare delivery system.
LifeCare Ambulance is a non-profit community service providing emergency and non-emergency ambulance services throughout Branch County since 1994.