Crown Point resident Tom Bettenhausen was honored in Washington, D.C. with the American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life award. He is pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol on March 19, 2013. | Photo provided
Updated: July 1, 2013 2:23AM
Crown Point resident Tom Bettenhausen was honored recently in Washington, D.C. with the American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life award.
This award recognizes and honors people who have gone above-and-beyond the call of duty to help others – difficult to do in an industry in which the basic activity is providing life-saving service. The Stars of Life Award is the highest award an Emergency Medical Services caregiver can receive.
Bettenhausen is a paramedic with Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service of Indiana. He is Superior’s operations manager for the state of Indiana.
Since 2009 he has been selected as the Steering Committee chairman/Strike Team leader for Indiana Homeland Security’s District 1 EMS/Mass Casualty Team. He also acts as liaison to the District 1 Hospital Preparedness Committee.
On Tuesday and Wednesday after the Boston Marathon bombing Bettenhausen was at the Medical Preparedness and Response to Bombing Incidents class through the Indiana DHS. This class had been prepared months in advance and was held in Brownsburg, Ind. Twenty-nine first responders were being trained on what to do when first on the scene of a disaster.
Bettenhausen had been deployed to Louisiana for the BP oil spill and participated in the National Level Exercise in 2011. Along with first responders from this area’s fire departments that recently went to help New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy, he was convoy commander and Strike Team leader for the mission.
This dedicated paramedic has been married for 18 years and has two teenage sons. His sons have helped their dad at disaster drills conducted here in Crown Point and around the area.