A Stillwater resident was honored recently by the American Ambulance Association with the 2019 Star of Life award.
Hunter Poston works for LifeNet EMS in Stillwater, and was honored during a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel on The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
Poston graduated from Perkins-Tryon High School in 2013, and said he always wanted to do something with emergency medicine. He realized a career in EMS was possible when he was in college.
“I didn’t really think of EMS as an option in high school. I took a pre-nursing course called Health Careers during my junior and senior years in high school at Meridian Technology Center,” Poston said. “I went to Northern Oklahoma College and got my associate degree in health services technology. I was originally going to go into nursing with thoughts of becoming an ER nurse. After completing my courses at Meridian Technology Center, I decided nursing wasn’t for me.”
It was during his senior year at MTC when he realized how much he enjoyed the impact that he felt by being out in the community.
“I loved the class and going on the clinicals with EMSA,” he said. “I really enjoyed being out in the community and seeing different people of different walks of life. It was really interesting, so I stuck with it.”
Poston took a job with Life EMS in Enid to begin his career. He then accepted a full-time role with Life Net EMS in Stillwater while continuing to work part-time for Life EMS. He started paramedic school in 2018 and is set to graduate this month. Poston was awarded the Spring 2018 Oklahoma Rural Scholarship to use towards his education at Kiamichi Tech Centers – Poteau. In return, he has agreed to work for at least two years in a rural or under-served area of Oklahoma. An avid learner, he is deeply committed to grow within in the industry.
“I like talking about calls afterwards with my partner and other crews and learning what we could have done better, or what I should do differently next time,” Poston said. “It’s nice to get a second opinion. I try to take away something from every call. It can be traumatic, or really minor, but I know there is always something to learn.”
It was his peers who nominated him for the Star of Life award.
“Hunter is always professional in every manner and clearly loves his profession. He holds himself to very high standards and simply does not know how to do a bad job at anything. He has a great ‘bedside manner’ and takes his job very seriously,” a colleague wrote in a nomination letter.
When he found out he had been awarded the Star of Life award, he was appreciative of the peers in the community.
“I was so excited, and I am honored because I know the past Stars,” he said. “They are all good role models, and it makes me feel really good to know that I met their standard. It is very encouraging. You often don’t have the perspective of yourself that other people do.”