Wisconsin Stars of Life 2011

Wisconsin Stars of Life 2011


Photo by Logan Sechler / Sechler Photography

>> Download the 2011 Stars of Life photo album, which includes a write-up on each Star and their nomination.


Award Recipients

Jesse Ashwill, EMT-Intermediate Technician, Ryan Brothers Ambulance - Fort Atkinson, Madison, WI

Drew Bestland, Flight Paramedic, Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Eau Claire, WI

Lori DeForest, Critical Care Paramedic, Ryan Brothers Ambulance, Cambridge, WI

Shelley Donner, EMT-Paramedic / Dispatcher, Gold Cross Ambulance - Fox Valley, Menasha, WI

Debra Draeger, EMT-IV Tech, Sullivan EMS, Helenville, WI

Carrie Fox, Divisional Supervisor, Paratech Ambulance Service, Elkhorn, WI

Brian Groebner, EMT-Paramedic, Tri-State Ambulance, Reedstown, WI

Jennifer Hanson, EMT-Paramedic / Training  Coordinator, Baraboo District Ambulance, Baraboo, WI

Kimberly Heine, EMT-IV Tech, Sullivan EMS, Helenville, WI

Kristin Johnson, Lieutenant, EMT-Paramedic, Baraboo District Ambulance, Baraboo, WI

Paul Manske, Dispatcher, Paratech Ambulance Service, Kewaskum, WI

Steve Radich, Administrative Director, Gold Cross Ambulance - Fox Valley, Neenah, WI

Danielle Scace-Centgraf, EMT, Meda-Care Ambulance, Milwaukee, WI

Randall Tompkins, EMT Supervisor, Meda-Care Ambulance, Mukwonago, WI

Doug Schoen, Medical First Responder, Hilbert-Potter First Responders, Potter, WI

Nick Turba, Medical First Responder, New Holstein Fire and First Responders, New Holstein, WI

Barb Tyler-Lord, EMT, Brillion Ambulance Service, Forest Junction, WI

Caleb Vande Hei, EMT-Paramedic, County Rescue Services, Green Bay, WI

Esther Vande Hei, EMT-Paramedic, EMT-Paramedic, County Rescue Services, Green Bay, WI

Naomi Vande Hei, EMT-Paramedic, County Rescue Services, Green Bay, WI

Paul Zuege, EMT-IV Tech, New London Family Medical Center Ambulance, New London, 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...

"Being recognized as a 2011 Star of Life was a very overwhelming and humbling experience all at the same time. This really has been the highlight of my EMS career."

Paul Manske, Dispatcher, Paratech Ambulance Service, Milwaukee


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