Andrea Earley, Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service paramedic/public events coordinator, has been selected by the Oklahoma Ambulance Association to represent the state at the Stars of Life Celebration June 12-14 in Washington, D.C.
The event, sponsored by the American Ambulance Association, celebrates the best and brightest of EMS professionals. Earley will be one of 107 EMS professionals from across the U.S., Trinidad and Tobago who have been named the 2017 Stars.  The Stars of Life program recognizes the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession. Stars of Life honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure.
Bob Hargis, SOAS executive director, said Earley had been nominated by her peers to represent the local ambulance service at the state level event.
“The Oklahoma Ambulance Association then selected one Oklahoma Star to attend the national event with all travel expenses paid. Other stars from Oklahoma are being sent by individual ambulance services, but Andrea was picked to represent the association. This is the first Star nominee SOAS has had selected for this national event.”
Earley is described as, “… A bright spirit and a heart dedicated to serving her community,” who is not only an exceptional paramedic but “shines” through the events she has developed as the SOAS public event coordinator.
“Andrea is a great asset to our community and her commitment to service is the reason she was nominated for this prestigious honor,” said Jeff Taylor SOAS operations director.
Earley is recognized for having organized activities that include the Ardmore Touch-a-Truck, Kids Day in the Park, and city-wide bicycle safety programs. In addition, she sets up and promotes numerous “crash bashes” to educate high school students in the area about the dangers of drunk driving. She also  designs and sells company T-shirts for breast cancer awareness, then donates the proceeds to support those fighting cancer. This year, she also voluntarily coordinated the emergency care and medical support for the 2017 Tim Tebow “Night to Shine Event,” a prom night celebration for those with special needs.
Naming Earley as the state Star representative, the OAA said, “Andrea is always willing to jump in and help. Andrea always pushes for the positive promotion of EMS and she is truly a shining star in our community. For these reasons, Andrea was selected as the Oklahoma Ambulance Association 2017 Star of Life,”
During the time in the nation’s capitol, Earley, along with the other Stars will meet with their members of Congress and congressional aides to discuss legislative issues critical to emergency medical services. In addition to honoring the Stars, Senator Susan Collins of Maine will be recognized as Legislator of the Year for her distinguished service, and 24 United States Senators and Representatives will be honored with Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services.
AAA President Mark Postma  said, “Whether it be in small towns or big cities, EMS professionals provide life-saving emergency medical care every day. This year’s Stars of Life recipients represent the very best of our profession, and we are proud of the impact they have made.”