Story last updated at 11/19/2008 - 4:23 pm
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Air Medical Service honored three of its flight medics with merit awards during a surprise potluck on Oct. 29 at the service's hangar in Sitka.
Honored were EMT III Greg Raschick, EMT III Thor Christianson and Paramedic Gregory Wong, who provide flight duty and on-call coverage whenever there aren't two regular full-time flight nurses (RNs) available for a shift (at least one of the four regular full-time staff flight nurses goes on every medevac flight, with the medics assisting when needed). The three medics work regular jobs in Sitka, but they fill in with the SEARHC Air Medical Service during holidays, days off, vacations, illnesses, hospital staffing shortages (when the regular flight nurses work at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital) and when the regular flight nurses are traveling for training.
Raschick has been with the SEARHC Air Medical Service since it started in 1996, and until recently he held the record for most flights by any team member, 703 through late October. Christianson has been with program since November 2006 and had been on 69 flights through late October. Wong joined the program in February 2007 and had been on 48 flights through late October. Each of the medics received a special plaque and a small cash award.
"All of you lead busy lives. We thank you for the time you have been able to give of yourselves, time away from your families and your professions," their plaques said. "Without your skills, knowledge and selflessness, the SEARHC flight program would not be where we are today."