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Two Arkansas Heroes Honored on U.S. House Floor

April 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday (April 14) to honor Nicholas Brown of Hot Springs and Michael Tharp of Hope.

Brown and Tharp are emergency medical services professionals in the Fourth Congressional District who were honored this week by Star of Life Awards by the American Ambulance Association (AAA). Both men were selected by their peers to receive the award.

For more than 20 years, the AAA “has honored those paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other ambulance service professionals who exemplify what is best about the emergency medical services (EMS) field,” the association said.

The complete language of Congressman Westerman’s speech:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor two heroes from the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas. Nicholas Brown of Hot Springs and Michael Tharp of Hope were awarded the American Ambulance Association Star of Life Awards this week. These men are both veterans who served their nation with valor before returning home to Arkansas and joining the private sector. But their sense of duty brought them back to public service, with both men now working as emergency medical services professionals. They are first responders saving lives in their hometowns every day. I congratulate Nicholas and Michael on this award and thank them for their service. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”

VIDEO: Westerman Honors Arkansas Heroes (YouTube)