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    NFL to Honor Air Force Doctor Who Helped Save Damar Hamlin’s Life

    NFL to Honor Air Force Doctor Who Helped Save Damar Hamlin’s Life

    The National Football League Thursday will honor the   trauma surgeon who helped save the life of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin after his heart stopped during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    The league will honor Lt. Col. Valerie Sams and some of her University of Cincinnati colleagues at a pre- Super Bowl event in Glendale, Ariz. 

    For Sams, it will be just one moment in what has become an extraordinary career.

    “It's a little awkward at the moment, but it's a really great opportunity for us to highlight what we do and highlight our Air Force involvement here,” she said in an interview with this news outlet Wednesday, her first interview with a civilian newspaper about the care she and her colleagues gave Hamlin.

    Sams is assigned to the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine while working at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center as a surgeon and director of the center's Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, or C-STARS, program.

    The Air Force school has a Fairborn address but is geographically separated, tied to medical programs and training centers across the nation, including UC.

    The school is assigned to the 711th Human Performance Wing, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, which are both headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force .

    Sams is part of a group Air Force medics working at UC and training as part of the medical…

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