State Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) has recently been honored with his third 2008 Star of Life Legislative Award by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS).  Sen. Mullis was awarded for his work to improve the EMS industry during his tenure in the Senate.

“EMS professionals put their life on the line every day for the safety of Georgia’s citizens, and it is an honor to be recognized by such a distinguished organization,” said Sen. Mullis.  “They deserve opportunities to continue their education and training, and to receive adequate compensation.  We need to ensure that those who choose a career in EMS have the incentives to remain dedicated to the profession.”

The Star of Life Legislative Award is presented to legislators who make significant and distinctive contributions to the legislative causes of EMS.   Sen. Mullis has long been an advocate of issues important to EMS, and this year sponsored a bill to ensure that ambulance services in the state are receiving appropriate funding, and another to change the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council to more effectively recruit and retain more firefighters in the state.  Both pieces of legislation were signed into law in May. 

“We are proud to have Senator Jeff Mullis as a recipient of the GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Award,” said GAEMS President Courtney Terwilliger.  “Senator Mullis has the distinction of being the only legislator to be presented with this award for a third time.  His efforts have brought much needed help to the EMTs and paramedics here in Georgia, and without his understanding and leadership we would certainly not be where we are today.  As a sign of appreciation, GAEMS is once again honored to recognize the contributions Senator Mullis has made to all of our communities across the state.”

The Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services is a statewide organization consisting of EMTs, Paramedics, EMS Administrators, EMS Educators, EMS Medical Directors and other associates from across the State that are passionate about delivering quality Emergency Medical Services.