NAEMT awards Rep. Joe Heck for support of EMS

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians announced on Tuesday that it presented Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) with the inaugural Field EMS Bill Legislator of the Year award.

NAEMT gave Heck the award during the March 26 EMS On The Hill Day. The award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates extraordinary support of emergency medical services and the NAEMT's efforts to pass the Field EMS Quality, Innovation and Cost-Effectiveness Improvement Act, also known as the Field EMS Bill.

"Rep. Heck has the gratitude of EMS across the nation, and we are fortunate to have his vision and experience behind EMS on Capitol Hill," Don Lundy, the president of NAEMT, said.

The award was presented in front of approximately 200 EMS on the Hill Day participants.

"I am honored to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from NAEMT for my work on emergency medical services," Heck said. "My career in public service began 37 years ago as a volunteer ambulance attendant/firefighter in rural Pennsylvania and it was EMS that motivated me to a career in medicine. The presentation was especially meaningful, coming from former Henderson Fire Department Paramedic and North Las Vegas EMS Chief Bruce Evans!"

Heck has more than 25 years in public service as a physician, community volunteer and Army reservist. He was elected to Congress in 2010.