The S. William Stezoski Award for Technician Excellence at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research was just established by the Stezoski family to honor the late S. William (Bill) Stezoski, who was the laboratory supervisor of the late Peter Safar for over 35 years. His first publication with Dr. Safar dates back to 1977, with many important publications, continuing to appear until 2011. His work is notable for his contributions to the development of therapeutic hypothermia for the treatment of victims of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury resulting from cardiac arrest. Bill was an exceptional technician and scientist who contributed enormously to the many successes of the work of Dr. Safar and many other investigators in Pittsburgh. Remarkably, Bill, went on to achieve faculty status as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The S. William Stezoski Award is an annual award presented to the top technician at the Center, as voted by the Safar Center Associate Directors, and includes a $1000 cash prize along with recognition on a plaque in the Safar Center. We are all extremely pleased to be able to honor Bill and recognize the superb technical support staff at our Center that has built on his wonderful legacy.