September 26, 2022

A Pueblo paramedic who has spent over a decade helping people in his hometown is one of 33 emergency medical professionals from across the country who were recognized last week with a prestigious award for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Mario Vialpando, an eastside native and paramedic for American Medical Response, was honored by the medical transportation organization Global Medical Response as one of its 2022 Stars of Life.

“It was a total shock to me. It wasn’t even on my radar,” Vialpando said. “For any of us in the field who are working, we don’t work to get an award. We go to work and we do the job that we do because we love the job that we do.”

The Stars of Life awardees represent the best of the best in EMS work, GMR said. “Their stories speak to our mission of providing care to the world at a moment’s notice,” it said.