To celebrate 20 years, OnStar didn’t look inward but instead looked outward and decided to recognize 20 individuals with a generation donation. Altogether, OnStar donated $400,000 to first responders who were seriously injured in the line of duty or endured a hardship that impacted the ability to do their job.
$20,000 was allotted to 20 different first responders. Each was identified with the help of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation (IACPF), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) – Sunshine Fund, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).
Among the recipients was Lewisville, Texas firefighter, Andy Allison, who suffered life-altering injuries while responding to a structural fire. He has since gone on to speak across the United States to help others deal with life after a debilitating injury.
“My goal is to help other firefighters prepare for if, or when, they get hurt,” said Allison. “In this career, you need to know what can be done proactively to protect yourself and your family, both physically and financially, and I want to help others be equipped to manage whatever comes their way.”
First responders are an integral part of OnStar and become the human connection when OnStar’s emergency services are requested or dispatched. Each day, 245,000 calls are received by OnStar from drivers in need of assistance.