Two Lakes Region EMTs selected as ‘Stars of Life’

Doug Volin
Brian Galowitz

Doug Volin and Brian Galowitz are recipients of the American Ambulance Association Star of Life Award for 2017.
The award program honors the dedication of emergency medical services professionals who stand out and represent excellence in the industry. All who receive the award are given an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June. Volin has 17 years’ experience in the emergency medical field and has spent the past six years as a paramedic with Lakes Region EMS. Galowitz has 21 years’ experience and has been the Minnesota operations manager at Lakes Region for just over a year.
Regarding his training, Volin said he went through Century College’s paramedic program.
Galowitz attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Wisconsin.
“A long time ago I met someone in the business, and they thought I would like it, Galowitz said. “They suggested I give it a try. And it just sort of snowballed from there.”
Volin had a different experience in becoming an EMT. He and his wife were teaching English in Japan for five years.
“When our time there was coming to a close, my wife was going to school, and I didn’t have a job back in the states,” he said. “So, I thought, ‘What sounds fun?’ And this is what I came up with.”
Galowitz found out he received the Star of Life Award at the company Christmas party.
“It was very surprising,” he said. “I had no idea.”
Volin wasn’t at the Christmas party, but there was an indicator that he had won the award.
“I was working at the time when the announcement was made,” he said. “I knew something was going on when my phone started blowing up.”
Both Volin and Galowitz said they are honored to have been named Stars of Life.
“I think we tend to be humble people, and I haven’t been here that long — there are many more deserving people than me,” Galowitz said. “We feel like we’re just doing our job.”
“It’s nice that our profession is getting some recognition,” Volin said. “I think the reason why most people get into this profession is a genuine desire to help people.”
Galowitz resides in Hugo, and Volin lives in Forest Lake with his wife, Noelle, and their two children, Anna and Abel.

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