2015 AAA Award Winners Announced
Awards will be presented at the AAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow Awards Reception on Monday, November 2, 2015. Please join us in congratulating the winners.
J. Walter Schaefer Award
Ron Thackery, American Medical Response
The J. Walter Schaefer Award is given to someone who has positively advanced the industry as a whole. Ron exemplifies this through his tireless efforts to improve the safety of employees and patients, including work on compliance, OSHA, vehicle safety, proper use of personal protective equipment, and ambulance standards.
Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award
Jerry Zapolnik, Formerly of Huron Valley Ambulance
The Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the first Executive Director of the American Ambulance Association. It recognizes a volunteer leader who has made tremendous long-term impact on the association. Over the course of Jerry’s volunteer tenure with the AAA, he has chaired numerous committees including Education and Data. Most recently, he sat on the AAA Board of Directors as a Region III representative.
Russell Honeycutt, Central EMS
This award is given by the President to an individual volunteer leader who has shown commitment to the advancement of the AAA above and beyond the call of duty. Russell’s work on membership recruitment and outreach in 2015 perfectly exemplifies a volunteer leader championing the great work of the association to both current and prospective members.
Distinguished Service Award
J.D. Fuiten, Metro West Ambulance
This is only the second time that the association has given a distinguished service award. J.D. has given innumerable volunteer hours to the AAA. His financial support of AAA programs and events has no equal, and his outreach to his Members of Congress has helped the AAA gain temporary Medicare relief for the industry.
Partner of the Year Award
National Rural Health Association
The National Rural Health Association is receiving the Partner of the Year Award for its ongoing support of both temporary and permanent Medicare Relief for ambulance services, including Senate 377 and House 745.
Industry and Stakeholder Education
Winner | MedStar Mobile Healthcare – MIH Book and Education
Winner | Sunstar/Paramedics Plus – Stay Alert-Stay Alive
Winner | Muskogee County EMS – COACHES Team
Honorable Mention | AMR – LODD Program
Winner | AMR – Tuberculosis Program
Honorable Mention | Metro West – Just Culture Program
Winner | LifeNet Inc. – Hannah’s Light
Honorable Mention | ProEMS – Overdose Sentinel Program