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Kevin Durant Receiving 'Hero Award' 'For Courageously Helping Paramedics'

5/16/2016 1:20 PM PDT

Kevin Durant Receiving Hero Award ... 'For Courageously Helping Paramedics'

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Kevin Durant's getting more hardware to add to his collection ... this time, it's a special HERO AWARD -- after the NBA superstar helped clear traffic for an ambulance responding to an emergency.

The Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services Authority -- which operates the largest fleet of ambulances in OK -- tells TMZ Sports a special medal is already being engraved for Durant for his actions over the weekend. 

In case you haven't heard ... Durant pulled up next an ambulance in his Ferrari and used his flashers to help clear road space. Paramedics say Durant's actions helped them navigate through the traffic. 

Now, the EMSA tells TMZ Sports, "Kevin’s actions are exactly how we hope citizens help paramedics reach their calls for emergencies. He is a great example of doing his part to help those in need, and he handled it with such modesty.”

Kevin will receive the special "Everyday Hero" award -- which, we're told, is usually only given out about 4 times a year. 

The EMSA says it hoped to give KD his medal this week -- but can't because he's busy with the playoffs. 

They're hoping to push the ceremony to June ... if you catch their drift. 

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