- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A group of mostly student volunteers who operate the ambulance service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have received the first Sean Collier Medal, named after the campus police officer allegedly slain by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The award was handed out earlier this week.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif says the 56 members of the group exemplify “a distinct MIT blend of leadership and problem solving.”

Many volunteers for MIT Emergency Medical Services were close friends of Collier, and some helped bring him to the hospital after he was shot April 18.

Reif said Collier worked closely with the volunteers and “wrote a letter praising them, months before his death.”

The award was established in November for members of the MIT community who embody Collier’s character and qualities.