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RICHMOND Va. — A Richmond woman has been honored with a National award given to ambulance service professionals from around the county who stand out and represent excellence in their field.

Richmond Ambulance Authority paramedic Tiffany Samuels received an American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life award for her leadership in clinical excellence and outstanding training for new EMS field personnel.

Samuels, nominated by her peers at the Richmond Ambulance Authority, received the award the Stars of Life Celebration on April 11 through 13 in Washington, DC.

Tiffany Samuels

Tiffany Samuels

“To be considered with such high regard by my fellow coworkers and supervisors is truly humbling,” Samuels said.

Samuels has been with RAA since 2008 where she started at an entry level position within the Logistics Department as a vehicle service technician. She currently serves as a paramedic field training officer and chair of the RAA Clinical Services Committee.

“I strive every day to live up to the reputation that this honor represents and will continue to do so with the pride and joy that comes along with truly loving my career,” she continued.

Wayne Harbour, chief clinical officer for the Richmond Ambulance Authority said Samuels is a delight to work with.

“She continues to be a valuable asset to RAA not only by the dedication with which she carries out normal day-to-day duties, but also by the many contributions she makes while serving on various committees,” Harbour said. “She helps shape the clinical direction of the agency by serving as chairperson of Clinical Services Committee.”

In her role as paramedic-field training officer, Samuels teaches new employees how to provide world-class EMS.

“She deserves to be recognized as a Star of Life, and we are proud of her many accomplishments,” said Richmond Ambulance Authority CEO Chip Decker.

Last year, Samuels also received the 2015 RAA Medical Director’s Award. That award is presented annually to a paramedic who has demonstrated superior clinical abilities and has also dedicated personal time and effort to ensure RAA remains clinically on the cutting edge of mobile healthcare, not only in Richmond, but also nationally and internationally.