F-M Ambulance Service Paramedic Receives Prestigious Award

(FARGO, N.D.-Press Release) Jason Eblen, a paramedic with F-M Ambulance Service in Fargo, ND, will receive the Star of Life Award from the American Ambulance Association (AAA) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2016.

The award is the highest honor an emergency medical service professional can receive and recognizes the dedication of ambulance service professionals across the country.

Eblen was selected for the Star of Life Award because of his outstanding career as a paramedic serving the Cass County, ND and Clay County, MN area. Eblen grew up on a family farm in Hillsboro, ND. He received his First Responder training in 1995 and began volunteering for the Hillsboro Ambulance Service. Eblen continued his EMS career by completing the Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate courses. While attending NDSU, Eblen accepted a full-time position with F-M Ambulance Service in 2001. He received his bachelor’s degree from NDSU and also and completed paramedic training in 2002.

Eblen has held many different positions at F-M Ambulance Service, including paramedic, EMT-Intermediate, backup dispatcher, field training officer, charge medic and EMT instructor. He is currently serving as the Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance Specialist and SIM-ND Educator. In this role, Eblen plays an integral part in clinical staff development as well as developing reporting and metrics for the organization. As a SIM-ND educator, Eblen participates in a grant-funded project providing mobile simulation education on high morality – low frequency scenarios to rural ambulance services and critical access hospitals in an effort to improve patient outcomes throughout the state of North Dakota. In 2014, Eblen completed Community Paramedic training and has since developed the operational component of the Sanford Health/ F-M Ambulance Service Community Paramedic program that delivers care to high-risk individuals.

In 2004, Eblen received the F-M Ambulance Service Achievement in Excellence Award for his work, dedication and achievements in EMS. In 2011, Eblen was recognized by the Minnesota High School League for his role in resuscitating a high-school basketball player who experienced sudden cardiac arrest during a game. Eblen has also been honored with the F-M Ambulance Service Preceptor of the Year Award and the VFW EMT Appreciation Award for his service to our community.

“Jason’s selfless acts throughout his career as well as his dedication and commitment to the communities and fellow employees in which he serves is a true model of what an EMS professional represents every day,” says Sherm Syverson, Executive Director of F-M Ambulance Service.

The AAA represents organizations serving more than 75 percent of the U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services. Each year it hosts the Stars of Life event in the Nation’s Capital to publicly recognize and celebrate the achievements of its members.

“These men and women of EMS are serving their communities, every day and at every hour, by providing vital medical care in emergency situations,” said Mike Hall, AAA president. “When someone dials 9-1-1, there are a number of highly trained professionals ready to respond with excellent emergency medical and pre-hospital care.”

While in Washington, Eblen will be joined by his fellow Class of 2016 Stars for three days of education and recognition on Capitol Hill. In addition, he will meet with members of Congress, and key congressional aides to discuss legislative issues critical to all emergency medical service professionals.