Commentary: It takes a team when responding to an emergency in rural Idaho

  • Source: KIVI-TV ABC 6 Boise
  • Published: 05/19/2022 12:00 AM

My family and I were driving around Grimes Creek when we got stopped in an unusual traffic jam in rural Idaho, turns out a helicopter touched down to transport a patient to St. Luke's in Boise. In scenarios like these it takes a team to help someone in an emergency so the Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department blocked traffic to give the helicopter a place to land on the road while East Boise County had an ambulance on scene. Reid Aldrich started flying choppers when he joined the Army, it has taken him 12 years to land this job with Idaho Helicopters which gets contracted out by Air St. Luke's who has a team providing medical assistance during the flight. "I do the best I can," said Aldrich. "It feels good when there’s a good outcome obviously we some some pretty bad stuff too, I got great crew members sometimes it is shocking to see how good they are at saving a life."


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