SOURCE: The North Haven Citizen By: Ken Liebeskind

Fred Della Valle, a North Haven resident and the regional vice president of American Medical Response, won the 2014 Presidents Award at the American Ambulance Association national conference in Las Vegas Nov. 18.

Jimmy Johnson, president of the AAA, said Della Valle received the award for his dedication to the ambulance industry and AAA. “He has been an active member of AAA for well over three decades and started out 30 years ago as a paramedic providing clinical ambulance service throughout Connecticut, which gives him specific knowledge of the work clinicians do every day out in the field,” Johnson said.

At his current job, Della Valle works with industry leaders and members of Congress to educate them on issues such as ambulance services and the role they play in the national healthcare and emergency response system.

“I formulate legislative guidelines and work with state legislators on Medicare issues,” Della Valle said. “I make sure on a state and federal level we’re able to give folks the tools to go out and provide optimal patient care.”

“On the state level, I work to ensure regulations are in place that enable Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics to provide patient care to members of our communities. On the federal level, I work to educate members of Congress in an attempt to understand the need to provide funding that covers all levels of pre hospital care to all patients including Medicare patients. Our goal is to make sure there’s funding to Medicare patients so those on fixed incomes don’t have to pay out of their pockets,” Della Valle said.

Della Valle is also a valued community member who belongs to the advisory committee of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He’s the former chairman of the North Haven Senior Housing Authority and a member of the Tomahawk Club and has coached youth sports.