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Metro West Ambulance EMT and Paramedic to receive national recognition in Washington, DC June 12-14

The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will be honoring the best and brightest of EMS professionals during its annual Stars of Life celebration June 12–14 in Washington, DC including two local EMS providers from Metro West Ambulance- Harlan Brock, Paramedic and Melissa Zimmer, EMT. At this year’s event, 107 individuals from across the United States, plus Trinidad & Tobago, will be honored as the 2017 Stars. This is one of the highest honors for EMS professionals nationally.

 Harlan Final

Harlan Brock, a West Linn resident, has worked for Metro West Ambulance in Washington County for over 11 years as a 9-1-1 Paramedic.  Whether he’s delivering babies or mentoring new paramedics and EMT’s, Harlan’s passion and dedication to EMS and Metro West Ambulance are demonstrated through his hard and tireless work. Leading by example, Harlan demonstrated this when he served as a volunteer member of a regional search and rescue effort to locate a missing girl in the Columbia River Gorge. Harlan reached out to local companies to coordinate supplies and resources needed for the search. Always ready to provide emergency care where ever or whenever, Harlan delivered a baby born in the front seat of a car this year.  Harlan has cared for countless medical and trauma patients and has responded to many 9-1-1 calls for help.

Melissa Final

Melissa Zimmer, a Portland resident, joined Metro West Ambulance 17 years ago. As an EMT and as our company’s Logistic Manager and Operations Supervisor for the Vernonia Ambulance Volunteers, Melissa also responds as a provider in our 9-1-1 system.  During the last year Melissa has fought a brave battle with cancer and still has been able to maintain her position and to care for those in need of emergency assistance. In her spare time, she volunteers at River City Speedway as one of the emergency responders during their racing events.  Whether it is staffing an ambulance, doing volunteer work, supervising employees at a natural disaster or battling cancer, Melissa truly embodies the definition of a dedicated EMS provider, not only to her employer but to the community she lives in and communities she supports.

The American Ambulance Association Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession. Stars of Life recognize the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our health care infrastructure.

The AAA (American Ambulance Association) represents organizations serving more than 75% of the U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services.  Each year it hosts the Stars of Life event in the Nation’s Capital to public recognize and celebrate the achievements of its members.

Metro West Ambulance was founded in 1953 and we are distinguished as the longest running owner-operated ambulance service in the Pacific Northwest.



Metro West Ambulance, Inc. President J.D. Fuiten receives Public Safety Professional Award


 Oregon Business Magazine 2013

 The 2016 Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Awards and Gala honored outstanding businesses and individuals, youth and nonprofits in the Hillsboro community located in Washington County, Oregon including Metro West Ambulance Service, Inc. President J.D. Fuiten who was awarded the Public Safety Professional Award.  The Public Safety Professional Award recognizes those who have demonstrated loyalty, initiative, and dedication to service, attitude and integrity as well as service to the community above and beyond. 

As the President/Owner of the Metro West Ambulance Family of Companies, J.D. literally has spent the majority of his life ensuring that the communities, the state and the region he has spent his life in has the  emergency prehospital care and medical transportation that is needed.  As a resident of Hillsboro and as a business owner with his roots firmly embedded in Hillsboro, J.D. has long been dedicated to caring for those around him.  J.D. grew up working in the family business that was founded in 1953 by his father, James B. Fuiten, in Forest Grove and worked as an Oregon EMT and in all areas of management prior to succeeding his father as president in 1978.

Involved at all levels, JD serves locally on the Tuality Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors where board members participate in the oversight of programs funded by the Foundation, such as community education and scholarship programs. On the State level, JD is very active in the Oregon Ambulance Association. Members of the Oregon State Ambulance Association (OSAA) are private and public organizations that provide 9-1-1 emergency ambulance service and transportation throughout much of the state. Members exchange information and review legislation and regulations and actively participate in governmental activities affecting EMS, serving on state and local committees for EMS, trauma and 9-1-1.  J.D. is a member of both Washington State and California State Ambulance Associations as his companies serve the Pacific Northwest. On a national level, J.D. serves as a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Ambulance Association. The American Ambulance Association represents organizations serving over 75% of the U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services.  Founded in 1979, AAA promotes health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provides research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve. During the American Ambulance Association 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, J.D. Fuiten was honored as the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award”.  This is only the second time that this national association has given out this award. 

As President of Metro West Ambulance Service, Inc. (which includes Medix Ambulance, Pacific West Ambulance, Bay Cities Ambulance, Bay Cities Ambulance Roseburg and Metro West Ambulance Eugene Springfield), J.D. encourages all of his companies to be involved in their local communities and on a state and national level including supporting hundreds of charities, foundations and events that provide a wide array of services and assistance to those we care for in our communities. 

Metro West Ambulance was founded in 1953 and we are distinguished as the longest running owner-operated ambulance Service in the Pacific Northwest.                

For further information, please contact Metro West Ambulance Public Information Officer Jan Lee.  503-985-9155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.