A hero is defined as a person of distinguished courage who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities demonstrated by the performance of a heroic act.
Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) wants to recognize the heroes in local communities who have performed a courageous act in an attempt to save someone's life and organizations that have created a heart safe work environment.
HVA is accepting nominations for its Life Saving and the Heart Safe Awards. The awards will be presented at a recognition dinner on May 21, in Ann Arbor. The awards are presented annually during National EMS Week.
Nominees for the Life Saving Award can be citizens of any age who live in the HVA service area, and who have saved, or attempted to save, a life under unusual or extraordinary circumstances. Nominees also must not have received an award for their life saving deed from any other organization.
Businesses or organizations in the HVA service area can be nominated for the Heart Safe Award. Nominees must meet the following criteria for creating a "heart safe" environment at their workplace:
- Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all buildings
- Staff trained in CPR/AEDs in all buildings
- Cardiac emergency response plan drills
Nomination forms for both award nominations are available at hva.org. The deadline for award nominations is April 19 at 5 p.m.