Kenneth Starnes, president of Emergency Ambulance Service Inc. at Pine Bluff, was recently recognized for 30 years of National Emergency Medical Services Certification.

The board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians awarded the honor held by few EMS professionals, according to a news release.

“To maintain his status as a nationally registered paramedic, Starnes completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMS professionals in America,” according to the release.

“By maintaining his National EMS Certification and completing regular continuing education courses, Starnes has demonstrated his commitment to providing exceptional pre-hospital emergency medical care,” according to the release.

Starnes was nationally registered as a EMT intermediate in 1986 and a paramedic in 1990 and has been serving Pine Bluff, Warren, England, and Star City since 1987.

He worked for Southeast Ambulance Service in McGehee from 1984-1986. He was director of operations of Ron Lusby Emergency Services from 1986-1994 and was an adjunct faculty paramedic and EMT instructor at Southeast Arkansas College from 1994-1999.

He also served MEMS in Pulaski County as an administrator and operations manager from 1994-1996. Starnes returned to Ron Lusby’s Paramedic Service as the director of operations from 1996-1999 when he bought out Lusby.

In 2013, he received the Arkansas Star of Life award and was on the Governor’s Advisory Council of EMS.

Starnes is married and has three children and six grandchildren with another on the way.