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June 24, 2013

Air EVAC Team — Service & Sacrifice

CORBIN — “Public Service” is a phrase that is heard of from time to time.

Most often we hear it in commercial advertisements as a statement that the information shared is for the common good. When attempting to define public service and common good, the definition will vary but there are basic concepts to the phrase that impact all of us.

Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders and Medical Service Providers all clearly qualify as a benefit to the common good. The supporting agencies could be government services such as our county sheriff and city police departments, fire departments, rescue squads, ambulance services, doctors, nurses and emergency response teams which might be called upon for a number of difference types of emergencies.

Several years ago, I became a member of an emergency Air EVAC program. When memberships were first announced, I joined and gladly paid my membership fee, knowing that my benefit through membership far outweighed the expense of the services they provide should I ever need air lifted to a hospital or medical facility.

When I was growing up, my interest in things all surrounded around my talents, people I knew,and things I enjoyed. I know others who when looking at a career question things from possible salary ranges, benefits and opportunities to advance professionally. These questions are equally important but I myself have always placed my emphasis on my passions, the things that motivate me all by themselves.

I have never been one interested in a title, but I respect positions. Benefits through employment are awesome, but I understand totally what it is to work without health care, a 401K and even no paid vacation time.

People with passion often have a self-sense of what they want to accomplish and what that picture looks like. When they see it, they latch on.

Eddy Sizemore, pilot of Air EVAC Team 109, Herman “Lou” Dobbs, flight paramedic, and Jesse Jones, Air EVAC flight nurse, were all people who were passionate about what they did, why they did what they did, and service to others — the common good, all describes them and the public service they provided.

They each gave the ultimate sacrifice of service on Thursday, June 6, when their Air EVAC helicopter crashed after safely transporting a patient to a hospital facility.

While they were each employed by a privately owned company, their work was a public benefit, and our community is stronger because of individuals like them because they each followed their passions, the things that brought them great personal satisfaction because of their efforts, training and work.

There can never be enough said about an individual who makes a difference because they use the natural talent they have been given and then they take that to the next step by training and growing that gift. Eddy, Lou and Jesse each are examples of the best in people!

The individual thank you they received from patients who were able to say thanks for their work meant the world, no doubt, at each moment. Eddy, Lou and Jesse probably responded with a statement like, “I am just doing my job,” maybe “I am glad to help,” or “this is what I do, thank you, and you are going to be OK.”

Their encouragement to others impacted every patient and family member they served.

Today it is now our opportunity to say to their families and to all who serve as they did, thanks. To you who serve like they did for the common good, we salute you for your public service!

We are humbled because of your willingness to follow your heart of passion and career choice. We are a safer, stronger community because of you and your work. Your commitment and willingness “to lay down your life for another” humbles each of us to our inner core.

Your difference will never be forgotten.

Air EVAC Team 109 will be remembered for their individual contribution of service and sacrifice.

Until then...

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