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Flight Crew: Life is Precious



Life is a precious and valuable thing, when that is in jeopardy, a select group of first responders go above and beyond to save every life they can. The crew of Baptist Life Flight 4 put their lives on the line daily to care for some of the most critical patients.

"You are responding to people's worst moments and being able to make a difference to them, being there in death, being there in life, I mean that's two of the biggest moments I think, is the critical point of when someone is mortally injured being able to be there in situations for people and being able to help them," said Ricky Pittman, Flight Nurse-Paramedic.

The crew responds to a wide variety of things, ranging from vehicle accidents to explosions to cardiac patient transport calls.

"The procedures, the advanced knowledge and procedures that we are able to do, that comes in to play initially, but once we implement those things then it becomes a time factor," said Pittman.

Emotions and stress can run high day after day, along with the emotional toll the different scenes take on the crew.

"Each one is unique in its own way, whether it's flying someone you know, flying a gravely injured child," said Pittman. "We all are parents and so it makes it a little harder when you deal with them," said Pittman.

Talking with one another as a crew or having quiet alone time after a call is sometimes the best outlet of expression to the daily scenes.

"We put ourselves through so many things that we can't say we aren't affected, but we have learned to deal with it effectively," said Pittman.

Regardless of the outcome from scene to scene the crew continues in the most intense of situations.

"We are very aware of the fact that we can't save everyone," said Pittman.

In the end, the crew member's genuinely like helping people any way they can.

"Every trip that I go on, whether I go on a ground trip, or I go in the air, what I do to help that person, I give it my all, every time," said Pittman.

This job is not just about passion and adrenalin, it is also a way of life.

"From the first moment I stepped into an aircraft, lifted off the roof of a building, I knew this is what I was going to do for the rest of my life," said Pittman.