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Two Manteca Ambulance paramedics earn honors for their life-saving efforts

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Two Manteca Ambulance paramedics  earn honors for their life-saving efforts

Heather Bonetti has been with the Manteca District Ambulance for the past nine years.

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POSTED May 20, 2009 2:15 a.m.
Heather Bonetti and Bobbie Miller were recently honored by the California Ambulance Association as “Stars of Life” in Sacramento.

They were among the 36 paramedics, EMTs and emergency medical dispatchers from across the state recognized during the two-day event held last March in the state Capitol.

According to Manteca District Ambulance Service CEO Dana Solomon, Bonetti has nine years of service while Miller, who is currently stationed in Tuolumne County, has 11 years with the department.

“They’re both team players,” Solomon said last week.

He added that Bonetti and Miller were honored for their actions – whether from a single life-saving event or a career-long exemplary performance record – and stood out among their peers as the best of the best among California’s private ambulance providers.

“This honor reflects their work ethics and how much they’re respected by their colleagues,” Solomon said.

In fact, “Stars of Life” is sponsored by CAA and is aimed to bring individual recognition and awareness of the lifesaving care as delivered by these professionals during a 24-hour day.

During the event, each of the “Stars” was presented with a “Star of Life” medal while honored by a legislative resolution from the state senate.

Among those attending the “Stars” luncheon included guest speaker Assemblyman Jerry Hill from San Mateo.

Incidentally, Bonetti and Miller had a chance to share their life-saving stories, delivering important first-hand information regarding the essential service provided by state’s private ambulance providers.

 Legislators later joined the “Stars of Life” for a welcome reception held in the Capitol Basement Rotunda.

The celebration concluded with an awards banquet at the Sheraton Grand Hotel featuring guest speaker Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher from San Diego. He commended the “Stars” on their achievements.

Founded in 1948, CAA represents the interests of emergency and non-emergency medical transportation service providers.
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