|Kevin Kelley earns ‘wings’ |
|Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 12:00 pm |
Martin resident Kevin Kelley, flight paramedic for the Martin Air Evac Lifeteam base, recently celebrated a major milestone in his career in the air ambulance industry – his 1,000th flight with Air Evac Lifeteam.
Kevin Kelley, (left) flight paramedic for the Martin Air Evac Lifeteam crew and base commander Kent Martin
Kelley, an Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic since June 2005, has been awarded his 1,000th mission “wings” in celebration of his achievement.
Kelley has been in the emergency medical services field since 1996. In 1998, he earned his paramedic degree from Jackson State Community College and has worked in EMS in Weakley County for eight years, including the Weakley County Rescue Squad, Dresden Fire Department and other surrounding EMS agencies.
He credits the employees at the Martin Air Evac Lifeteam base for his longstanding success.
“The employees at the Martin base, both present and past, are the reasons I have completed the number of flights I have,” said Kelley.
“We have a very busy and productive base due to the support we receive from the emergency services in Weakley and surrounding counties. We also have the support of the citizens in Weakley and surrounding counties, particularly their support of the membership program.”
Kelley added, “We get a lot of feedback from the community and patients about what we meant to them and their families, and that is the best reward there is.”
Kelley has one son – eight-year-old Connor.
Air Evac Lifeteam, with nine locations in Tennessee and 106 nationwide, is the largest independently-owned air ambulance service in the country and serves as the critical link to improved response time and immediate access to medical care facilities.
For information about Air Evac Lifeteam services, call 1-800-793-0010 or visit www.lifeteam.net.