Convoy of Champions Ambulance Parade Arrives in Bedford

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The convoy arrives along Hanscom Drive

The Massachusetts Ambulance Association (MAA) celebrated the exceptional dedication of the Commonwealth’s emergency medical services (EMS) professionals during the 46th Annual National EMS Week. On May 18, the MAA hosted 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.

On Tuesday the second annual Convoy of Champions Parade, consisting of 32 ambulances, departed UMass Medical Science Park in Worcester and arrived at the Boston MedFlight Hanger in Bedford at 1 pm. 

In the Boston Medflight’s  Bedford Hanger the Inaugural Massachusetts Stars of Life Award Ceremony took place.  The Massachusetts Ambulance Association Stars of Life event highlighted 22 exemplary mobile healthcare professionals that were honored with medallions in recognition of their service. The Massachusetts Stars of Life program showcased 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 included 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 appeared via video as well to congratulate the honorees. 

 

1 Comment

  1. As a resident of Hanscom AFB and Bedford, MA for the years from 1990-2017, I was disturbed that there was no mention that the Bedford’s medflight hanger is at Hanscom AFB. I have followed the “Bedford Citizen” so I can see what is going on in Bedford, and I follow the unhappy comments about flights in and out of Hanscom. It would be nice to see Hanscom AFB mentioned in a positive way–such as in this story–and the community support that Hanscom offers to all of the surrounding towns.

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