Wisconsin Stars of Life 2010

Wisconsin Stars of Life 2010


>> Download the 2010 Stars of Life photo album, which includes a write-up on each Star and their nomination.


Award Recipients

Karen Dallman, EMT-Paramedic, Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Inc., Valders, WI

Nick Eastman, EMT-Paramedic, Tri-State Ambulance, Onalaska, WI

Ron Flegal, EMT-Paramedic, Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Inc., Neenah, WI

Kate Gallagher, EMT-Paramedic, Baraboo District Ambulance Service, Prairie du Sac, WI

David Gross, EMT-Intermediate, Ryan Brothers Ambulance - Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, WI

Ron Hieronimczak, EMT-Intermediate, County Rescue Services, Oneida, WI

Linda Hieronimczak, EMT-Intermediate, County Rescue Services, Green Bay, WI

Scott Hirsch, EMT-Paramedic, Meda-Care Ambulance, Milwaukee, WI

Steve Krantz, EMT-Paramedic, Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Inc. - Fox Valley, Appleton, WI

Teri L. Nitka, EMT/Operations Director, Paratech Ambulance Service, Caledonia, WI

Jay Norgel, EMT-Paramedic, Plymouth Ambulance Service, Sheboygan, WI

Michael Petersen, EMT-Paramedic, Tri-State Ambulance, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Robert Remiker, Viking Community Rescue Squad, Denmark, WI

Mary Remiker, EMT-Intermediate, Viking Community Rescue Squad, Denmark, WI

Ben Schoenborn, EMT-Paramedic, Calumet Medical Center Ambulance, Chilton, WI

Rick Sherman, Critical Care Paramedic, Baraboo District Ambulance Service, Baraboo, WI

Mark Sinotte, EMT-Paramedic, New London Family Medical Center Ambulance, Appleton, WI

Bill Tierney, EMT-Paramedic, Divine Savior EMS, Portage, WI

Heidi Traxler, EMT-Intermediate, Baraboo District Ambulance Service, Baraboo, WI

Steve Zank, Critical Care Paramedic, Ryan Brothers Ambulance, Lake Mills, WI


Joint resolution by the Senate and Assembly commending the

Stars of Life honorees, October 18, 2011.

Whereas, emergency medical service (EMS) professionals serve thousands of Wisconsinites every year and provide critical life−saving treatments and rescue operations throughout the state; and

Whereas, emergency medical personnel often work in dangerous situations to help those in need of immediate care, placing their own safety at risk; and

Whereas, the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) and the American Ambulance Association (AAA) are dedicated to advocating and promoting EMS and excellence in emergency medical care; and

Whereas, PAAW and AAA annually recognize as Stars of Life those EMS professionals who stand out among their peers for their exceptional achievements in emergency care and on September 21, 2011, honored 21 Stars of Life at a ceremony held in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and

Whereas, Stars of Life honorees are nominated by their respective ambulance service directors and awarded for accomplishments in EMS care as outstanding ambulance service employees; on−duty or off−duty service above the call of duty; setting significant records; skills and abilities as an EMS provider; positive image and commitment demonstrated; or local leadership in development of community partnerships or programs; and

Whereas, the 2011 Stars of Life honorees include those serving both rural and urban areas and represent the exceptional care that EMS professionals provide residents of our state; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, that the members of the Wisconsin legislature congratulate the 2011 Stars of Life honorees and commend those receiving this award for their achievements and continuing dedication to their patients and communities.


Stars at the State Capitol

October 18, 2011

What it means to be a Star...

"It was such a tremendous privilege to be able to partake in the STARS ceremony.  I felt so honored to receive this wonderful award. I was overwhelmed by everything PAAW and the AAA presented to make it such a wonderful evening. This was one of the greatest honors I’ve ever had.   

I do believe there is no other profession deserving of the respect and admiration than those of the EMS profession. These individuals give selflessly time after time and merit the honor attached to this prestigious award."

Teri Nitka, Director of Ambulance Operations, Paratech Ambulance Service, Milwaukee


“I was extremely honored to be recognized as a 2010 ‘Star of Life’.  It was an honor that I never expected to receive, but I am very proud to say that I was recognized in such a manner.  EMTs are usually very ordinary people but are extraordinary in some ways.  One of the ways we seem ‘special’ is that we don’t look for a spotlight for what we do.  Just knowing we’ve made a difference in a patient’s life during a stressful time is ‘thanks’ enough.  At least it always has been for me.  I want to thank PAAW and AAA for this much appreciated honor.”

Steve Krantz, EMT-P, Gold Cross Ambulance Service - Fox Valley


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