Mainers should be proud to have the services of LifeFlight of Maine available to them 24/7. Its award as outstanding air ambulance service in the country is most timely and richly deserved.
It is rather extraordinary that I now have been flown smoothly to Boston as a seriously ill patient by it on three separate occasions. The pilots, doctors, paramedics and nurses staffing them and the administrators, educators and medical personnel backing them up seamlessly in such a high risk-high reward venture are all part of this true American success story. It is also comforting that they follow strict safety guidelines and medical protocols every time they launch. Several recent tragic medical evacuation helicopter crashes remind us that they truly put their lives on the line for us all daily.
The other important part of the equation is the seamless mesh achieved with providers on the ground. My three flights were preceded by swift, caring and efficient ground transports by Bucksport’s finest pre-hospital personnel according to written statewide EMS protocols.
I encourage anyone who has friends or family helped by EMS to consider a contribution to the planned EMS Memorial that will stand beside the police and firefighter memorials on the east lawn of the Capitol in Augusta. These donations may be made, or further details obtained, through your local EMS squad or the Regional EMS office. They will recognize those providers who have lost life or limb while protecting us or have made significant contributions to the system which is so all important!
Paul Averill Liebow