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BABBITT- Mike Rhein of Babbitt was honored with the Minnesota Ambulance Association’s (MAA) “Star of Life” award on March 23 at the organization’s annual meeting in St. Paul. …
BABBITT- Mike Rhein of Babbitt was honored with the Minnesota Ambulance Association’s (MAA) “Star of Life” award on March 23 at the organization’s annual meeting in St. Paul.
The award is given only to those “Minnesota paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, and other EMS professionals who have gone above and beyond.”
According to a statement by MAA, the award is meant “to publicly recognize and celebrate the achievements of people working in the selfless and heroic ambulance industry. The Stars of Life Program seeks to honor outstanding individuals as a thank you for their service, their sacrifice and the inspiration they bring to all of us.”
Rhein has given 37 years of service to the Babbitt Ambulance Service. For twenty of those years, he was the service’s supervisor before he decided to step down at the start of 2020. He still serves as an EMT. He spent a similar amount of time with the fire department, stepping down from firefighting three years ago.
“Without Mike, our service would surely not be the same and likely would not have succeeded,” said Matt Littler, Babbitt’s current ambulance supervisor in a statement on Rhein’s award. “The atmosphere of consistency, growth potential, and trust is one of the greatest legacies he will leave for our team,” added Littler.
“I am very humbled by this,” said Rhein in response to the honor. “I never expected it or saw it coming.”
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