Flight For Life Employees To Be Honored At Longs Peak Rescue Banquet
Two Flight for Life employees will be honored at the Longs Peak Rescue Awards Hall of Fame Banquet August 29, 2009 at the Aspen Lodge in Estes Park.
Pat Mahany and Kevin Kelble were working the Flight for Life rescue helicopter August 19,2006 when the dispatcher notified them of a grave emergency on Longs Peak.
Two violent storms were in the area causing lighting, rain, hail and wind, making a safe landing nearly impossible. A small hole in the clouds appeared between the two storms were observed by Park personnel, and a direct touch down and patient extraction was executed.
The time between the two storms were determined to be around ten minutes. Pilot Pat Mahany determined that a direct landing at Chasm Lake was possible, but precise timing was needed to land, get the injured hiker extracted and take off before the second storm came in.
Paramedic Kevin Kelble, Flight for Life Paramedic coordinated the patient transfer with precision timing, working with National Park Service Rescue personnel.
Because of the heroic efforts of the Flight for Life Team, the injured hiker was able to get to proper medical care before the second phase of the storm came in.
Both Mahany and Kelble will tell the story in their words at the Banquet.
Tickets are still available by calling the Aspen Lodge at 970-586-8133. Dinner and Awards presentation is $35.00 or show only for $5.00.