By John Craig

A Mohawk Ambulance Paramedic for nearly 30-years recently received a high honor in Washington, D.C. for Dedication and Service. Ernest “Skip” Bebernitz of Troy was recognized by the American Ambulance Association (AAA) on March 23, 2014 in the nation’s capital.

Bebernitz was awarded the “Star of Life,” the highest honor an emergency medical service worker can receive. We recently spoke to him for an extended interview:

“This makes me extremely proud, to know that the work we do day in and day out is valued and makes a difference in our community,” said Bebernitz in a release. “I’m humbled to receive this honor and recognition, especially in Washington, D.C.”

The AAA represents more than 75% of the U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services. Each year they host the Stars of Life event to publicly recognize and celebrate the achievements of their members.

“Every day, across the country, the men and women of EMS are serving their communities by providing vital medical care in emergency situations. Anytime someone dials 911 there are a number of highly trained professionals who respond and arrive to deliver excellent emergency medical and pre-hospital care,” said Jimmy Johnson, AAA president.

Past “Stars of Life” have included heroic individuals who responded to September 11th, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and other national disasters.
Bebernitz, a paramedic supervisor, has served Mohawk Ambulance Service for 28 years and joins the ranks of 10 Mohawk Ambulance alumni to receive the “Stars of Life” award. Bebernitz has dedicated 44 years to the emergency medical services industry.

While in the nation’s capital, Bebernitz will join his fellow Class of 2014 Stars for three days of education and recognition on Capitol Hill. In addition, Bebernitz is scheduled to meet with members of congress, and key congressional aides to discuss legislative issues critical to all emergency medical service professionals.

About Mohawk Ambulance Service:
Founded in 1964, Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest, privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York. With 35 ambulances and three fly cars, Mohawk Ambulance Service provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services to the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga. Mohawk Ambulance Service employs more than 250 New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Critical Care Technicians and Paramedics ready to provide the highest quality of emergency medical care. For more information, please visit