Rural Metro and Rescue Squad Teams Receive Star of Life Award for Response to April 2021 Crash

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Crews from two Knox County first responder agencies received a Star of Life award for Region 2 on Wednesday night at the Children’s Urgent Care Center Alliance Banquet in Nashville .

Rural Metro Fire – Members of the Knox County and Knox County Rescue Team received the award for their response to a car accident in April 2021. They were honored for their “life-saving heroic actions” during the incident and one of the crash victims, Madison Harber, spoke at the event.

Knoxville crash victim Madison Harber speaks at the Children’s Urgent Care Center Alliance Banquet in Nashville about her experience when crews helped her after the crash she was involved in in April 2021. (Photo: Rural Metro Fire)

“After listening to Madison and the responders, there is no doubt that these responders saved her life!” Rural Metro said Thursday in its social media post. “Many emergency responders were honored last night from across our great state, and all rightfully deserved it. Thank you Madison for being so brave and having the courage to overcome the initial trauma of the accident, as well as the recovery process that continues today.

“Thank you to our speakers who perform at such a high level every day! A special word of gratitude goes to Paramedic Eric Bradshaw for his lifesaving actions in saving Madison en route to the UT Trauma Center that day in April 2021. Eric was honored at the National Star Awards Ceremony of Life in Washington DC earlier this week! ”

The Children’s Emergency Care Alliance is a group of physicians, medical providers, and representatives dedicated to improving pediatric emergency care in Tennessee, according to its websiteand the group links educational programs for health care providers, including emergency medical responders, nurses and doctors, who care for children being treated for an acute injury or illness.

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