Massachusetts Ambulance Association
Massachusetts Ambulance Association Honors EMS Providers with Convoy of Champions Parade, Stars of Life Awards During EMS Week
Bedford, MA—The Massachusetts Ambulance Association will celebrate the exceptional dedication of the Commonwealth’s emergency medical services (EMS) professionals during the 46th Annual National EMS Week. On May 18, the MAA will host the second annual Convoy of Champions ambulance parade as well as the first-ever Massachusetts Stars of Life awards ceremony to recognize specific field providers for their personal contributions to their communities.
Second Annual Convoy of Champions Parade
A parade of ambulances (“Convoy of Champions”) will depart UMass Medical Science Park in Worcester at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 18, with an expected arrival at Boston MedFlight in Bedford at 1:00pm. Participating ambulance providers hail from across Massachusetts and will be escorted on the highway by the Massachusetts State Police. A UMass Memorial LifeFlight air ambulance will also fly over the parade route.
Inaugural Massachusetts Stars of Life Award Ceremony
At this year’s inaugural Massachusetts Ambulance Association Stars of Life event, 22 exemplary mobile healthcare professionals will be honored with medallions in recognition of their service. The Massachusetts Stars of Life program showcases the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession in our state. The program recognizes the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our health care infrastructure, especially in the face of the crucial role that mobile healthcare has provided in COVID-19 testing and vaccination.
Speakers include MAA President Dennis Cataldo, Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes, and 2021 Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) ER Physician of the Year Dr. Paul Biddinger of Mass General Brigham Hospital. US Senator Edward Markey and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will appear via video as well to congratulate the honorees. The 2021 Massachusetts Stars of Life are:
Timeline of Events for May 18
Media are invited to join the Convoy in Worcester and/or at the Boston MedFlight Hangar in Bedford. Interviews are available with Massachusetts Ambulance Association leaders as well as the Star of Life heroes.
About the Massachusetts Ambulance Association
The Massachusetts Ambulance Association’s membership is composed of more than 30 ambulance service providers from across the Commonwealth. MAA’s 6,000 employees provide 70% of the emergency medical services transports in Massachusetts. Together, MAA members advocate for high-quality, sustainable mobile healthcare.
About EMS Week (May 16–22, 2021)
During the 46th Annual National EMS Week, communities will honor frontline heroes who provide emergency medical care that saves and sustains so many lives every day. The 2021 EMS Week theme is "THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities."
Media are welcome at the convening site in Worcester, along the convoy route, as at Fenway Park. Access to the ceremony inside Fenway will need to be arranged in advance.
Post your own photos to the hashtags #ConvoyofChampions and #EMSstrong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!