Air Evac fast when speed important

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Helicopter meets ambulance
The local Air Evac air ambulance helicopter makes a rendevous with an EMS unit to transfer a patient hurt in a car wreck to a high-level trauma hospital. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Getting patients to high-level hospital care quickly is critical, and Air Evac helicopters can cut the time to minutes.
Air Evac medic Revendy “Pork Chop” Rhodes recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia and also to the Mexia Lions Club to make sure people in Mexia know this service is available to rural Limestone County.
Rhodes has been working for Air Evac since 2004 and is currently stationed at Air Evac’s Fairfield base, which serves the Mexia area.
It was a slow start when they began, he said but calls have increased over the years as they formed relationships with local businesses and hospitals.
Air Evac begin 1985 in West Plains, Mo., a small community of about 8,500 in a remote area in the southwest central corner of the state.
The catalyst for Air Evac’s founders starting an air ambulance service using a helicopter was a young man critically injured in a car accident whom first responders could not get to a trauma center in time to save his life.
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