Apr 19, 2017

IAEP Members Nominated for Stars of Life Award

Three IAEP members from across the country have been nominated for the 2017 Stars of Life Awards.

IAEP R7-252 Local President / CICP-Paramedic Kenneth R. Olp, Local R5-365 Treasurer / Paramedic Graham Losse, and Local R7-525 member / Advanced EMT Chris Eachen were selected for representing the spirit and commitment of the nation’s top EMS professionals.

The American Ambulance Association’s National Stars of Life Program honors EMS professionals who excel in every area of the industry and make a strong impact on the lives of the patients and communities they serve.

Union leaders are excited for the upcoming program in Washington, D.C., June 12-14, when those nominated EMS professionals will be recognized and celebrated in a series of commemorative and educational events.
“It’s an honor to see our union family well represented,” said IAEP National Director Phil Petit. “We get to witness the unrelenting dedication our members have to their profession, so it’s exciting to see their hard work recognized on a larger scale.”
 
IAEP R7-252 Local President Kenneth R. Olp is a Certified Intensive Care Provider (CICP) and Paramedic with Community Care Ambulance in Ashtabula, Ohio, where he is an active union leader and member of the Safety/Wellness Committee. Olp further serves his community through his work as an instructor with the American Heart Association, the Ohio Military Reserves, the National Rifle Association, and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Ken is compassionate in his work, ensuring his patients clinical and emotional needs are met, and even played the part of Santa at last year’s Children’s Christmas Party.

 
IAEP Local R5-365 Treasurer Graham Losse is a Paramedic with Nature Coast EMS in Citrus County, Florida, where he has been serving his community through EMS for the past 11 years. Graham is an active organizer and participant of the local’s annual community events, including the Nature Coast EMS Trunk or Treat, Christmas parade, and a t-shirt fundraising event each October. Graham was also named 2016 Healthcare Hero by Citrus County Chronicle.

 
Local R7-525 member Chris Eachen works with Paramedics Plus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an Advanced EMT and field training officer, where he has quickly progressed in his career. Chris was selected as a member of the Disaster Relief team and deployed to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In addition to the exemplary emergency services he provides to his patients, Chris also volunteers with Boy Scouts of America, church organizations, and community explorer programs.


The IAEP congratulates these EMS heroes and wishes them success throughout their future careers.  

 

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