A Rochester paramedic is one of 100 emergency responders to receive a national-level service award.
Laura Wolcott, a paramedic for American Medical Response ambulance service in Rochester, was one of 100 people in the country honored with the American Ambulance Association's 2018 Stars of Life award. The award is considered the highest honor an emergency medical service professional can receive as it recognizes ambulance service professionals' dedication to the profession.
Wolcott, 48, of Henrietta and the other winners were honored last week at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
"Being nominated for the Stars of Life by my peers is the highest praise I could receive," Wolcott said in a news release.
Wolcott often works overnights in Rochester and has responded to many violent scenes, sometimes arriving at the scene before police. She's cared for patients following mass shootings and other accidents throughout the city for nearly 15 years, according to LaShay Harris, public information officer for American Medical Response.
"While she manages her own emotions, Laura always works hard to help others cope," Harris said. "Laura is a medic who is always available to support others. She continually works to enhance safety in EMS by sharing her experiences with new providers. Laura is a resilient professional, and as a full-time caregiver in a challenging urban environment, she is certainly a most deserving star."
Previously, other local paramedics have been awarded the honor, though not annually, Harris said.
Honorees are nominated by their colleagues or supervisors and ultimately chosen by the American Ambulance Association.