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9/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: LifeLine crew was reassuring in crisis

EDITOR:

A grateful shout out to LifeLine's Engine 75 B Shift - specifically Jeff Jones, Brian Padilla Melton and Tim Herrington, our heroes.

On the evening of Aug. 14, my husband and I were attempting to cross Highway 69 at Prescott Lakes Boulevard. We never saw the mid-size truck miss the stoplight and T-bone the driver's side of our sedan.

I heard the awful crashing noise as I felt my head pound into the passenger-side window. I felt the pain in my temple and my left side. I heard a yelp from our Golden Doodle in the back seat.

Shortly, my cavalry men arrived on the scene. They asked me pertinent questions to assess my mental, physical and visual capacity while taking my vitals, putting on a neck brace and advising me that with a head injury they would recommend I let them put me on a board and transport me to the emergency room at Yavapai Regional Hospital. Once I agreed to this, within minutes they had me out of the car, onto the board and into their van, where they administered an IV.

Before I knew it, they were placing me on a hospital gurney and wheeling me into the ER. When my husband arrived, they brought him to my side and made sure the doctors on call would look into his condition as well.

Again, a big thank-you to these professionals. We appreciate all the good Samaritans who responded to our plight and to our good friends, Lynn and Jerry Belverud, who took our traumatized dog, Yankee, into their home for the night.



Mrs. Pat Shanks

Prescott


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: Boyfriend of Firefighters wife

@ fire wife
Of course you would never acknowledge the hard working men and women of lifeline ambulance. Those folks place their life at risk and just as much as the firefighters in this area. They get criticized because they work for a private company that charges for their services. Guess what, so does the fire department and fire districts. Every time you make a purchase part of your sales tax goes to pay for the fire department. Every time you pay your tax bill the second highest portion goes to the fire district you live in. Sorry to say nothing in this world is free anymore.

@hooty hoo
I would put the skills of the lifeline paramedics up against the fire guys any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Their Paramedics and EMT's crews sole focus is on patient care. Firefighters want to put the fires out so their focus is more on firefighting and their training is almost 100% focused on firefighting. Please argue they have to maintain certifications and such to be EMT's and Paramedics with me because the folks at lifeline have to as well.

Next time you are critically ill remember they all work as a team. It is not one agency over another that does all of the care. They work together for the betterment of the community. If your worried about the bill, take advantage of lifelines subscription. It pays for itself!!!

Hero's take credit, real hero's go unnoticed.


Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: My Thanks to LifeLine

They've transported me twice for emergency medical attention, hooked me up to monitors, and provided excellent care during transport.
They are First Class!
Cover your Booty, Hooty! Subscribe to their coverage plan.


Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: Dear Wound Too Tight Readers

I believe Fire Wife was simply clarifying that the names Mrs. Shanks specifically mentioned were Prescott Firefighters, not LifeLine employees. There is no question that LifeLine responds with the fire trucks in this area and provides transportation to the hospital. LifeLine does a great job at providing superb customer service alongside the fire department. However, The author of this letter, Mrs. Shanks, was unaware that the crew and Engine 75 B shift, that she mentioned, are part of the fire department and not LifeLine.

Mrs. Shanks, I am glad that a scary situation turned out well for you and that you were treated well by ALL the people that helped you that night.


Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: pv cowboy

Fire Wife:

You sound proud of your husband's work on an ENGINE Great, I'm happy for you guys.

(p.s. Hooty Hoo)
But the necessary transport (and adjunct patient care) is done quite well by a Lifeline crew, whom the likes of your husband very much appreciate!

And Hooty Hoo: PFD sends a bill too...

:)


Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: @ Hooty Hoo

Just to clairify, PFD gets funded through tax dollars. Life Line only sends a bill for services provided when you use the service. So, not really sure what your point is. I would say both agencies "save the day."

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

PFD saves the day, Lifeline sends the bill.

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: @ Fire Wife

Also, an ambulance from Life Line responded as well. This is a dual response system here in Prescott. The fire deptarment is not the only heros in this community. There are lots of everday heors that go unmentioned and are proud of the job they do.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Fire Wife

The men that came to your aid work for Prescott fire department. Not life line.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Glad You Are Ok

Very glad you are doing better. The men you mentioned are members of the Prescott Fire Department, though I am sure a very good Lifeline crew was there with you as well. Hope Yankee is good as well.



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