Medstar is proud to announce that the Michigan Association of Ambulances Services selected EMT Roxanne Cottrell and EMS Educator Lee Howie as recipients of the 2021 Stars of Life Award. 

EMT Roxanne Cottrell and EMS Educator Lee Howie

The Stars of Life award celebrates the contributions of EMS professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty in service to their patients, communities, or their EMS agency.

“After serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year, Michigan’s EMS professionals deserve our utmost appreciation,” said Angela Madden, MAAS Executive Director. “Stars of Life is about honoring the unsung EMS heroes who work day in and day out to protect their communities and provide life-saving care to Michigan residents.” 

Lee and Roxanne were honored at a ceremony at the state capitol. 

“Roxanne and Lee exemplify our mission to provide the patients, communities, and healthcare partners the best care possible,” said Kolby Miller, Medstar CEO. “Roxanne is extremely compassionate and understands the value of interacting and engaging with patients with care and true concern.” 

Roxanne has been an EMT with Medstar in Macomb County for almost 20 years. She has initiated several projects to help in key areas of responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Roxanne is also known for her boundless energy and ability to brighten her coworkers’ days. 

Lee has nearly 30 years of EMS experience in Bay County, and his influence goes far beyond the classroom. “Lee cares deeply about the students he teaches and the care they provide. His ethical and moral compass represents Medstar’s organizational commitment to clinical excellence, safety, and community engagement,” said Kevin Wilkinson, Medstar Vice President of Clinical and Education Services. “Lee is an extraordinary example of building lifelong student and mentor relationships, and the number of lives who have been touched through the care and compassion of his students working in their communities is immeasurable.”

About Medstar

Medstar is Michigan’s largest 911 EMS and mobile healthcare provider, serving more than 190,000 patients annually throughout lower Michigan. Created in 1993 by two local hospitals committed to quality EMS, the nonprofit agency now serves communities in nine counties. It provides care, air medical, and interfacility clinical transportation for Ascension-Michigan, Henry Ford Health System, and the McLaren Healthcare Corporation. For more information, visit


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Medstar Vice President of Stakeholder Integration Andy Brown, Medstar Education Manager Jen Monaghan, Medstar Educator Lee Howie, MDHHS Division of EMS and Trauma Emily Bergquist, Medstar Central Operations Manager Alex Barczak, Medstar EMT Roxanne Cottrell, and Medstar Vice President Clinical and Education Services Kevin Wilkinson
2021 Stars of Life Award Winners

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