It is nice to see two dedicated Southern Nevada flight paramedics receive the recognition they deserve for the amazing and important work they do every day. Mercy Air Medics Nicholas Enos and Carlos Fonseca received the prestigious “Star of Life” award from the Nevada Ambulance Association during a special awards ceremony and banquet in Carson City on Tuesday, March 14th.
According to a press release from AirMethods®, Nicholas Enos leads two air medical bases at Mercy Air 21 in Pahrump. He monitors staffing of the bases, base safety operations, base culture, and makes sure the residents of this rural area can receive the medical services they need. Carlos Fonseca is a paramedic and a “base outreach coordinator” for Mercy Air 7 in Henderson. He has helped set up several landing zones in our area and has led many training events which help to bring together the various agencies that are needed to work together in medical crisis situations.
Congratulations to both of these hard-working gentlemen who help our residents and communities during emergency medical situations. After having the chance to watch all of the entertainment industries give each other awards for what they do, it is heart-warming to see some of the less famous people receive well-deserved recognition.
I checked out the Air Methods website at AirMethods.com, and I was amazed to learn that they have over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft serving residents of 48 states. Their website claims they “have the world’s largest civilian fleet of helicopters.” They also employ staff who will advocate for all of the patients they transport to help them to avoid costly expenses and assist them with the “post-flight billing process.”
We are fortunate to have these services in our region, and we should thank ALL Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel whenever we have the opportunity. We never know when we will need their help.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.