"These awards honor the best of the best, and we take tremendous pride in the accomplishments of our employees, bases and departments," said President Seth Myers. "They all have made tremendous contributions to furthering the overall mission of Air Evac Lifeteam."
One of the recognitions for the evening was for the Base Missions Achieved. The company began this last year and will continue recognizing bases in the order of base numbers. Last year the West Plains base (AE01) was honored and this year Jonesboro, Ark., (AE02) and Sikeston (AE03) were the bases receiving the recognition.
"Included on the plaque the bases receive is the name of the original crew members," explained CEO Colin Collins. "This is a way for us to allow our bases to show pride in the number of patient flights they've completed while recognizing those of us who started out in the company and at each base."
Original crew recognized from Jonesboro base, which opened in February 1998, included pilots: Bill Shaw, Dennis Peeveyhouse, Danny Dunn, Fred Finnell and Larry Cook. Nurses included Rusty Counce, Sandy Green, Tom Rigsbee, Matt Hollis and James Reeks. Paramedics listed were Tim Rigsbee, Brian Malone, Jason Grogan, Robert Looney, Mark Johnson and Bubba Atkinson. Jonesboro base mission recognition was for 4,552 flights.
The Sikeston base opened in July 1987 with original crew of pilots Dave Short, Joe Prince and Bill Whitaker; nurses Tom Frobase and Kevin Keanes; and paramedics Jack Bates and Dennis Hudson. Base mechanic at the time was Garrell Rogers. Sikeston's base mission recognition was for 8,460 flights.
Air Evac Lifeteam is a membership-supported air ambulance company that provides emergency care and rapid medical transport to rural communities throughout the central and southern United States. The company operates 81 bases in 14 states and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam services, call 1-800-793-0010, or go to www.lifeteam.net.