NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Ryan Houser has been saving lives and caring for the sick and injured since he was 16.

Now the full-time Rutgers University student has been crowned the 2017 EMT of the Year. He received the honor from a professional group called the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the publication EMS World.

Houser volunteers for the Morris Minute Men EMS, an emergency medical services squad that serves Morris Plains, Morris Township and Morris County, according to the announcement. He serves as an assistant captain who “helps with operational readiness and recruitment, chairing the agency's membership and equipment committees,” according to the news release.

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“Ryan dedicates considerable time to his pursuit of providing exceptional patient care to individuals in the prehospital and hospital setting,” Kendall Sarson, a colleague of Houser's, said in a statement. “Ryan has truly modeled his entire life around helping others, whether patient or peer, and his work as an EMT has become one of the most significant parts of his identity.”

To that end, Houser produces educational and recruitment videos for the Morris Minute Men, according to the release. He also works as an EMT for Cedar Knolls Fire Department, the Morris County's office of emergency management and Morristown Medical Center, according to the group.

Houser's a certified firefighter who serves on the Morris Township Fire Department. What's more, according to the release, he teaches courses on how to respond to terrorism.

After leaving Rutgers, he hopes to become a neurosurgeon, work as a federal law enforcement officer or advance “tactical medicine,” according to the group.

Houser will receive the award during the association's general meeting and the magazine's expo in mid-October in Las Vegas, Nevada. At that time, a handful of other 2017 National EMS Awards of Excellence winners from across the country will also be honored.