Tennessee EMS and First Responders Honored at Annual Star of Life Awards Ceremony

NASHVILLE, TENN – EMS and emergency first responders were recently honored as part of the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee (CECA TN) annual Star of Life Awards ceremony.

The Star of Life Awards honor the accomplishments of EMS personnel across the state of Tennessee who had shown exemplary lifesaving care to adult and pediatric patients. The ceremony reunites the EMS teams with the patient that they saved, and it gives the patients an opportunity to publicly thank the team that saved their life. Emergency responders see people on their worst day, responding to calls that forever change lives. However, they rarely know the outcome of that patient once they are transferred to the next echelon of care. Therefore, this event gives them the opportunity to see the direct impact of those efforts.

One recipient is selected from each of the eight EMS regions in Tennessee, along with an overall state winner. This year, CECA TN partnered with the Project ADAM representatives in Tennessee to present a new award called the Project ADAM Heart Hero Award. This award was given to a school program that was involved with Project ADAM who demonstrated the skills they learned in a real-life emergency. Project ADAM is a national program that educates teachers and school staff on how to respond to sudden cardiac arrest. To learn more, go to their website: https://www.projectadam.com/

The EMS agencies are presented with a stone star award and each member of the EMS team involved in the rescue receives a certificate and a Star of Life lapel pin that is worn on their dress uniform. Each patient also receives a certificate of new life showing their bravery and resiliency to commemorate their, often long and challenging, recovery journey.

This year the ceremony was held on May 4 in Lebanon, Tennessee. The 2023 winners included:
Region 1: Greene County / Greeneville EMS, Highlands Emergency Air Rescue & Transport, Greene County 911

Region 2: Sevier County EMS, Dollywood’s Splash Country Aquatics, Dollywood’s Splash Country Safety/First Aid, Pigeon Forge Fire Department

Region 3: Bradley County EMS, Bradley County Fire & Rescue, Life Force Air Medical

Region 4: UT Lifestar, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland County Fire Department, Crossville/Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, Crossville/Cumberland County Emergency Communications Center.

Region 5: Williamson Health EMS, Williamson County Rescue Squad, Williamson County Fire & Rescue, Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, Williamson County Emergency Communications

Region 6: Maury Regional Medical Center EMS, Columbia Fire & Rescue

Region 7: Gibson County EMS, Gibson County Fire Department, Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Gibson County Emergency Communications

Region 8: Memphis Fire Department, Truck 17, Memphis Fire Department, Unit 24, Memphis Fire Department Communications

Project ADAM Heart Hero Award: Sumner County EMS, Station Camp High School response team
State Award: Knoxville County Rescue, Rural Metro Fire, Knoxville Fire Department, AMR Knox County, UT LIFESTAR.

CECA TN is a non-profit organization that provides pediatric specific education and resources to EMS, first responders and hospital emergency department staff across Tennessee. CECA TN is part of the National EMS for Children (EMSC) program. To learn more or to inquire how to get involved, please check out their website: www.cecatn.org.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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