"I get paid to do my hobbies for a living. I am very blessed," states Richard Coon.
A hobby that's taken very seriously. Richard oon is a pilot for Rico Aviation; he intensive care air ambulance transportation in Amarillo.
"17 years ago I was in the cattle business and God just kinda threw it in my lap and 17 years ago we started from a small airplane, and we went to a bigger airplane, and then a bigger airplane then we went to two big airplanes and now we have three big airplanes. The hospital just calls us and we also do VA work as well. We have to land at the airport, and depending on the condition of the patient the hospital will have them in an ambulance brought out to us, or we'll go to the hospital and receive the patient," Richard explains.
His team is composed of a flight medic and a flight nurse.
"Our mission is patient care, and we take care of some critical patients. We have to make sure we continue care that was started at the hospital, and maintain that care, and hopefully deliver our patient in better care than they left the hospital. It's a joy to work in the aviation and medical field," explains flight medic, Doug Adcock.
A step above is what's required of this team to provide the care that they do.
Beverly Cobb, flight nurse, did just that. "I went ahead and go my emergency nurse certification, and training in airway. It's not something a nurse knows how to do. That's something the paramedics know how to do."
One essential key that makes a team work..
"Good communication is always key," Beverly says.
When the hard work is all said and done, the sky is the limit.
"Just being up in the clouds. Just getting to have an office up in the sky. It's great.. it's neat. Not everyone can say that," states Beverly.
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