LifeNet EMT Dean Rush was named the 2019 Star of Life in Hot Springs after his colleagues nominated him for his unsung heroism and dedication to practicing and teaching the profession.
The American Ambulance Association's Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession, according to ambulance.org.
Tina Bell, LifeNet's director of marketing, said earning the Star of Life Award is one of the highest awards, if not the highest award, to receive as an EMT. There were only 107 recipients in the country this year. "It's humbling, it's a great bit of recognition for me, I appreciate it," Rush said. "I don't really like recognition because I'm just doing my job, just trying to help people just like so many medics and EMTs in our company from around the country do, but it's definitely nice to be recognized, and LifeNet does a good job of (giving recognition)."