NAEMT Awards executive director of  

Mark Kennedy, CCP as EMS Advocate  of the Year 2019


The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) presents Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) with the 2019 NAEMT EMS Legislator of the Year Award on April 10 during EMS On The Hill Day.

 This prestigious award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to, and support of, high quality prehospital and emergency medical care, as well as the EMS professionals who dutifully serve our nation’s patients. “I’m honored to accept this award, but the real award goes to all of our first responders in Illinois and across the country who get up every day ready to protect the communities they bravely serve,” said Sen. Durbin. “As with passage last year of the SIREN Act, I will always look for ways to make sure our rural health leaders have the tools and resources they need to tackle the challenges their jobs throw at them. Thank you to NAEMT for your advocacy partnership and recognition.”

Press Release: 

Sen. Durbin Brings Nauvoo Paramedic To Rural Summit, Discusses Support For Rural EMS Agencies

WASHINGTON DC  – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Mark Kennedy, a Critical Care Paramedic for the Fire Protection District in Nauvoo, Illinois, to discuss how to address rural health challenges.  Mr. Kennedy who is the Executive Director of P.E.R.S. of Illinois ( )  worked closely with Durbin to craft the Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Act, a bipartisan bill that reauthorizes a federal grant program at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to directly support public and non-profit rural EMS agencies in their efforts to train and recruit staff, provide education, and purchase equipment.  Durbin’s SIREN Act passed the Senate in June as part of the Farm Bill. 

Members of P.E.R.S. & NAEMT meet with LaHood to ask for his support by joining the Congressional EMS Caucus...
P.E.R.S. News 
The EMS Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives brings a disciplined focus on EMS issues and forms a bipartisan message in support for the EMS profession nationwide. The Congressional EMS Caucus helps promote, educate, and increase awareness among decision-makers on the federal EMS policy. Congressman LaHood has met each year with EMS professionals during the NAEMT "EMS on the Hill Day" and has become a true supporter of our industry.