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First Responders Recognized for Lifesaving Efforts

Survivors will be reunited with first responders who saved their lives

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April 18, 2024

First Responders Recognized for Lifesaving Efforts

Survivors will be reunited with first responders who saved their lives

(BISHOP, Calif.) — First responders will be recognized for their lifesaving efforts and reunited with the patients they saved at the Bishop City Council meeting on Monday, April 22.

Two community members from two separate emergency events will be in attendance at Monday’s City Council meeting to share their stories and participate in recognizing the first responders who saved their lives. Local air and ground first responders representing REACH flight crews, Sierra Lifeflight ground crews, dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and hospital ER teams will be honored.

What: First responders will be recognized for lifesaving efforts at Bishop City Council meeting

When: Monday, April 22, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers – 301 West Line Street, Bishop

Who: Two survivors from two separate occasions

First responders receiving recognition:

Life-saving event in August 2023:

Colton Riesen, paramedic
Andrew Bassett, paramedic
Devon Jeffrey, paramedic
Dana Felthauser, EMT-B
Clay Hudson, nurse
Celia Garcia, Pilot

Life-saving event in January 2024

Lorenzo Tovar, paramedic
Colton Riesen, paramedic
Hannah Waasdorp, EMT-B
Kaylyn Rickford, EMT-B
John Almeida, paramedic
Crista Hollenberg, nurse
Craig Ethington, paramedic
Brandin Nafeh, pilot

Why: Survivors will be present at the City Council meeting to tell their stories and thank the first responders who provided the highest level of critical care and ultimately saved their lives.


About REACH Air Medical Services 

REACH Air Medical Services, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, provides critical care air and ground emergency medical services to communities throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska, Texas, Colorado and Hawaii. REACH employs hundreds of highly trained nurses, paramedics, pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians to provide service to patients using their fleet of medically equipped helicopters, airplanes and ground ambulances. REACH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which is the gold standard for patient care and safety in the medical transport industry. For more information, visit www.REACHAir.com.

REACH is part of Global Medical Response. With nearly 36,000 team members, Global Medical Response delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency medical and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world. GMR was formed by combining the industry leaders in air, ground, mobile healthcare services, and community, industrial/specialty and wildland fire services. For additional information, visit us on LinkedIn or at www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com.

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