|Updated: 3/11 10:02 am
||Published: 3/10 8:40 pm
The American Ambulance Association will present Creek County Paramedic, Matthew Llewellyn, with the Star of Life Award on March 18th.
The award is the highest honor an Emergency Medical Service Worker can receive.
Matthew has been with the Creek County ambulance since 2009. He is currently the Assistant Education Coordinator. He tells FOX23 giving back to the community is just part of the job of an EMT.
“I believe that you live the least when you give the least, and you live the most when you give the most,” said Llewellyn.
Llewellyn is being recognized nationally, in part, for his service contribution during the August 2012 wildfires that devastated Creek County and surrounding areas.
“I saw families huddled together just sitting together and watching as their homes burned,” said Llewellyn.
Those tears inspired him to act.
“I just had to do something,” said Llewellyn.
In response to the disaster, Matthew created a charity drive called ‘Oklahomans Helping Oklahomans’. The drive benefitted victims of the wildfires and surrounding areas by supplying clothing, food and water donations.
He also helped raise funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation, and created the Christmas Kindness Campaign which provided gifts and meals for needy families over the holidays.
On March 18th Llewellyn will travel to Washington D.C. to receive the Star of Life Award.
“You never do any of this stuff for recognition,” said Llewellyn, “You just do it because it’s what you love to do and it’s what is in your heart to do.”
Former recipients of the Stars of Life awards provided emergency medical services in response to September 11th and Hurricane Katrina.