Sacramento, CA — Sixty-seven paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), emergency medical dispatchers, and other ambulance company personnel from across the State of California were recognized as Stars of Life at the State Capitol on August 10, 2022. Their actions, whether from a single life-saving event or a career-long exemplary performance record, demonstrate they have stood out among their peers as the best of the best among California’s ambulance providers.
“These Stars of Life who serve our community exemplify the greatness and heroism of our industry,” said California Ambulance Association (CAA) President Jimmy Pierson. “Their stories demonstrate the courage, discipline, and skill needed to remain calm under pressure while delivering basic and advanced life support care in the field.”
LifeLine EMS, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary in Los Angeles, has been committed to delivering consistently superior 24/7 service by ensuring excellent customer experience, patient care, and clinical outcomes. Achieving this is only made possible through the tireless effort and dedication of professionals. We are incredibly proud that our members of the LifeLine family were among those honored at this fantastic event:
Nichole Sternquist, LifeLine EMS, Director of Communications & People Operations: “Expertly serving a dual role as the Director of the Communications Dept. and People Operations, Nichole is an extraordinary long-time member of the LifeLine EMS family. Her phenomenal attention to detail, commitment to operational excellence, and sincere thoughtfulness represent LifeLine EMS culture. Nichole’s adeptness at leading LifeLine teams, our most precious resource, in impactful outcomes within the EMS field for the community has been truly noteworthy. Nichole continues to have our unwavering respect and gratitude.”
Angelo Tutol, LifeLine EMS, EMT: “Throughout his time at LifeLine Ambulance, Angelo has been an ardent advocate for the patients under his care. He continuously demonstrates his professionalism as an EMT by ensuring patients receive the care they need, whether it’s critical care transport or an urgent life-saving situation. Los Angeles County EMS has recognized Angelo for his outstanding service during emergency critical care calls. We are grateful for Angelo’s dedication and proud of the care he provides.”
Wiley Dofredo, LifeLine EMS, EMT: “Wiley is an exemplary team leader with extensive knowledge and experience in executing high-acuity care during critical circumstances. He ensures positive patient outcomes in these stressful moments while also using these opportunities to educate his crew members, maintaining LifeLine EMS’s overall professionalism and service quality. We appreciate Wiley’s service and dedication to excellence.”
Haleigh John, LifeLine EMS, EMT: “Haleigh’s admirable commitment to our team, patients, and partners is a prime illustration of LifeLine EMS values. We are continually impressed with her expertise, but more importantly, her kind-hearted nature. Haleigh is a stellar example of an EMT who should be recognized for her commitment to prioritizing patient care, safety, and advocacy. She is a shining star, and we are proud to have her on our team.”
In the morning, the Stars were presented with a Star of Life medal and greeted by guest speakers, including Acting Director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, Elizabeth Basnett, and Survivor: Vanuatu contestant Chad Crittenden. The day’s festivities wrapped up with an awards dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, where the Stars received their lapel pin and legislative certificates.
Founded in 1948, the California Ambulance Association (CAA) represents the interests of emergency and non-emergency ambulance service providers serving nearly every county of the state of California. As healthcare’s first responders, the CAA is dedicated to assuring the delivery of excellent pre-hospital care to the people of California by promoting recognized industry best practices.
Duane “D.J.” Johnson
Glory Days Consulting