RECOGNIZING AIR EVAC LIFETEAM; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 154
(Extensions of Remarks - September 26, 2017)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1271]
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                         HON. MARSHA BLACKBURN

                              of tennessee

                    in the house of representatives

                      Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, more than 46 million Americans and tens 
of thousands of Tennesseans live over an hour away from Level 1 or 2 
trauma centers, making them twice as likely to die from an accident or 
medical condition. Rapid, sophisticated, air transportation is their 
only option for complex, time-dependent care.
  That is why today we recognize Air Evac Lifeteam for its critical 
service to rural, medically-underserved communities. Five bases in 
Lawrenceburg, Parsons, Savannah, Waverly, and Waynesboro, Tennessee, 
serve all 19 contiguous counties in the 7th Congressional District 
through advanced helicopter ambulances and personnel.
  Their crews of 65 pilots, nurses, paramedics, and mechanics maintain 
a patient-first focus on high-tech, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. 
Many pilots, having served in Iraq and Afghanistan on military air 
assaults and medivac missions, use those same skills to save thousands 
of lives every year in Tennessee. Many crews are regularly deployed for 
disaster relief nationwide. Their service is invaluable.
  Air medical transportation will ensure access to emergency health 
care for the people who need it most, and Air Evac Lifeteam puts the 
journey in experienced, cutting-edged, compassionate hands