Stars of Life
The 2017 Stars of Life honorees were recognized during two events on September 21 in Green Bay at Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center.
The program began with a welcome reception where each Star was introduced by their employer or family member. Words of appreciation, dedication, commitment, to include stories of heroism, were frequently shared. To mark the special occasion, each honoree received a gold Wisconsin Star of Life lapel pin.
Next, came the dinner and awards program where each Star was recognized before an audience of 200 and formally presented Wisconsin Stars of Life honors. Each honoree was presented with a custom engraved medallion and framed certificate of appreciation from Governor Scott Walker. The dinner program was co-located with the Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin conference.
The evening concluded with the announcement David Mike with Paratech Ambulance Service, Milwaukee, was selected to represent Wisconsin at the 2018 National Stars of Life event in Washington, D.C. The selection committee felt David's commitment to EMS and community touched every aspect in the suggested criteria for Stars of Life. Tami Aerts with County Rescue Services, Green Bay, was selected as the alternate 2018 National Star of Life.
To review the 2017 Stars of Life program booklet and biographies on each Star honoree, >> click here.
2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life Honorees
Tami Aerts nominated by County Rescue Services
Chris Cuddy nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance
Christopher Dallas nominated by Valders Ambulance
Patrick Donoghue nominated by Bell Ambulance
Elizabeth Ferger-Olsen nominated by Paratech Ambulance Service
Angela Gonzalez nominated by Palmyra Public Safety Department
Jon Hagen nominated by Flight For Life
Paul Harrison nominated by Ryan Brothers Ambulance
Steve Hensley nominated by Tri-State Ambulance
Amanda Holtz nominated by Orange Cross Ambulance
Ryan Janus nominated by Bell Ambulance
Bob Kelter nominated by Baraboo EMS
David Krueger nominated by Grant EMS
Mary LaPorte nominated by Riverside Fire District
Dr. Suzanne Martens nominated by Valders Ambulance
Lori McConochie nominated by Cambria Community Ambulance Service
David Mike nominated by Paratech Ambulance
Tyler Miller nominated by Tri-State Ambulance
Kenny Monteith nominated by Tri-State Regional Ambulance
Dan Morth nominated by Ellsworth Area Ambulance
Tom Pasch nominated by Ryan Brothers Ambulance
Brian Randall nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance
Russell Schafer nominated by Lodi Area EMS
Jeri Schiffman nominated by Tri-State Regional Ambulance
Sandra Steenweg nominated by Pickerel Rescue Squad
Bob Sternhagen (posthumous) nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance
Benjamin Waldera nominated by Divine Savior Healthcare EMS
Robert Whitton nominated by Paratech Ambulance Service
Mark Willer nominated by Baraboo EMS
Wisconsin Stars of Life has been proudly produced by PAAW since 2006.