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Fire Safety and EMS

Saramana SAR Chapter  Sons of the American Revolution 

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Public Service & Heroism
The Public Service & Heroism Committee is responsible for promoting and conducting fire, safety and law enforcement programs designed to protect human life and property. The Committee is responsible for oversight of a commendation program designed to recognize those engaged in fire protection, public safety (including emergency medical personnel) and law enforcement work and who risk their lives to preserve and protect the general public.

Each year the Saramana SAR Chapter mails "Nominee Request Letters" to each Fire Chief and to each Emergency Medical Services Chief in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

The individual Chief is requested to select the appropriate award for their nominee. Each department is afforded one nominee; however, if there was more than one officer involved with a qualifying incident, presentations can be made to each officer. Each officer nominated will receive a medal and a certificate. There is no competition among nominees. In addition, the Saramana SAR Chapter sponsors the lunch of each officer nominated and one presenter.

Please forward to the Committee Chairman:
The officer's name, citation, and the name, rank and email address of the presenter so we can verify meal requests.

To e-mail Steven R. Fields, our Saramana SAR  Chapter President, click on
sarasotasteve@hotmail.com or call (941) 228-6123.


Fire Safety Commendation Medal
Summary:  The Fire Safety Commendation Medal is presented to an individual for accomplishments and/or outstanding contributions in an area of fire safety and service. The award is not limited to firefighters. It may be presented to recognize a variety of fire safety and service that has evolved into a highly technical and skilled profession with constant study, development and involvement by numerous dedicated citizens with a single goal - protect human life and property by preventing injuries or casualties due to fire and chemicals. The medal may be presented posthumously.

Description:  The obverse of the medal depicts a fireman's badge with a flame in the center. The medal is accompanied by an enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing. A miniature medal is available.

Publication:  The names of all recipients are published annually.

Subsequent Presentation NOT Authorized:  An individual may receive this medal only once. Oak leaf clusters or other ribbon attachments are not authorized.

Emergency Medical Services Commendation Medal
Summary:  The Emergency Medical Services Commendation Medal is presented to an individual for accomplishments and/or outstanding contribution in an area of emergency medical services. The award is intended for paramedics and certified Emergency Medical Technicians and others in the emergency medical field who have performed an act or service beyond that normally expected. The medal may be presented posthumously.

Description:  The obverse of the medal depicts an EMS badge. The medal is accompanied by an enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing. A miniature medal is available.

Publication:  The names of all recipients are published annually.

Subsequent Presentation NOT Authorized:  An individual may receive this medal only once. Oak leaf clusters or other ribbon attachments are not authorized.


Life Saving Medal

Summary: The SAR Life Saving Medal is presented to those individuals who have acted to save a human life without necessarily placing their own life or themselves in imminent danger. The medal is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform, however, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical personal, lifeguards, and SAR Compatriots are not excluded from receiving this award. The medal is not intended to recognize acts that would otherwise qualify for military or another organization’s valor medals and, in all cases, the fact that the actions of the rescuer actually saved the life of the victim must be validated by EMS or medical personnel. Lifesaving examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Performing the Heimlich maneuver or other first aid to prevent a person from choking;
  2. Saving a person from drowning by bringing the person to safety;
  3. Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or rescue breathing until the person breathes normally; or
  4. Performing CPR or applying an automated external defibrillator (AED) on an out of hospital cardiac arrest before EMS arrival.


The medal is intended to recognize the actions of any person: (1) who was directly responsible for the saving of a human life or (2) who prolonged a human life to the extent that the victim was still alive upon transfer to the care of medical authorities, even though the victim might expire at a later time.

Only one award will be awarded for each incident regardless of the number of victims involved. Nominations will not be considered after a lapse of 24 months of the incident. The medal may also be presented posthumously.


Description: The medal is gold in color. The obverse depicts a green cross in the center enclosed within a green circle. Within the green circle, the words “Sons of the American Revolution” appear on top and “Life Saving” appears on the bottom. It is worn from a chest ribbon of red halved with white. The medal is accompanied by a half red, half white enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing. A miniature medal is available.

Publication: The names of all recipients are published annually.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized:  An individual may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.


Medal for Heroism
Summary:  It recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger, i.e., acts which involve great personal courage and risk to the recipient. It is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform but does not exclude police, firemen, and SAR members. It is not intended to recognize acts that would have been covered by armed forces medals for valor. The medal may also be presented posthumously.

Description:  The medal is in bronze and is similar in design to the Good Citizenship Medal but is inscribed, "Heroism."  It is worn suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors. The medal is accompanied by an enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing.  No miniature medal is available.

Publication:  The names of all recipients are published annually.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized:  An individual may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.

**Please note:  The Saramana SAR Chapter requests that each Department notifies us of any individuals (particularly civilians) who should be awarded the "Life Saving Medal" OR THE "Medal for Heroism" at any time throughout the year and not wait for our annual awards luncheon.**

Each March, the Saramana SAR  Chapter Honors Fire Safety and Emergency Medical Services Personnel from Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Awards Available Include:
Fire Safety Commendation Awards
Emergency Medical Services Commendation Award

Life Saving Medal
Heroism Award