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Two Local Paramedics to Receive Oklahoma Star of Life Award

Randy Pickard, left, and Mike Maddry, right, have been honored for their life-saving work with a 2010 Oklahoma Ambulance Association (OKAMA) Star of Life Award.

Two EMSStat paramedics have been honored for their life-saving work with a 2010 Oklahoma Ambulance Association (OKAMA) Star of Life Award.

Randy Pickard and Mike Maddry, who are both critical care paramedics and field training officers, were named Star of Life recipients. The Star of Life award is presented to paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other Oklahomans working in the emergency medical services field who demonstrate a strong commitment to their patients, clinical quality or service excellence.

The Star of Life, a blue, six-pointed star, is the international symbol of emergency medical services. Each of the star’s six arms represents a different link in the emergency care chain. OKAMA President Bob Hawley says the Star of Life events help showcase the important role of emergency medical services.

“Paramedics, emergency medical technicians and medical first responders are on the frontline of healthcare. When Oklahomans have heart attacks, are involved in serious car wrecks or have other medical crises, they’re usually the ones who initiate care,” explains Hawley. “The OKAMA Stars of Life are men and women who go above and beyond to get the job done. They sacrifice their own comforts, desires and needs – sometimes even their own safety – to make sure Oklahomans get the best possible emergency medical care.”

Pickard, who lives in Noble, began his career in the Norman Police Department EMS and was one of the original EMSStat paramedics when the system moved to Norman Regional in 1995.

“Randy is always a resource for less experienced medics and offers his technical expertise and operational wisdom freely, said Eddie Sims, EMSStat manager. “Randy is an exceptionally compassionate paramedic who demonstrates his true caring to patients and families.”

Maddry, who resides in Norman, joined EMSStat in the summer of 2000 as a PRN paramedic. He also became a Critical Care Medic, Hazardous Material Technician and Relief Crew Chief. Several years ago he accepted a full-time position with the Norman Fire Department but has continued to be a valuable PRN paramedic for EMSStat. In addition to running calls, Mike is responsible for all updates to maps and medical equipment battery care and purchasing.

“Mike has researched the care of the various batteries which EMSStat uses and has become an expert,” Sims said. “Mike also volunteered to do a detailed supply check on every EMSStat unit and kit each month to assure all medications and supplies are in date and stocked appropriately. He is a very compassionate paramedic to patients and families.”

Pickard and Maddry will be recognized at a banquet at the Philips Pavilion at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion on March 9. One honoree will be selected to represent OKAMA at the American Ambulance Association’s national Stars of Life event in Washington, DC, in May.

Formed in 2000, OKAMA is the state’s largest organization for emergency medical service providers and affiliated businesses. The association serves as a unified voice for Oklahoma ambulance services, helps promote patient care standards, education and operational efficiency.

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