Fayette County flight paramedic to be honored at ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Lance Blythe, Flight Paramedic for Air Evac Lifeteam, is headed to Washington D.C., in May to be honored as a Star of Life. Photo courtesy of Air Evac Lifeteam.

Lance Blythe, a Flight Paramedic for Air Evac Lifeteam in Fayette County, was recently named one of 33 Global Medical Response (GMR) Stars of Life. All honorees from across the country will be honored at the American Ambulance Association (AAA) Stars of Life Awards Ceremony, May 1-4 in Washington, D.C.

Blythe is being honored for helping to care for a young patient suffering from a gunshot wound. “Lance not only performed his duties with calm and precision but also provided leadership and guidance to a new flight nurse, who along with Lance, had to effectively manage an entire supply of blood and plasma,” said Frank Palombo, Program Director for Air Evac Lifeteam. “He’s always formulating a plan through the chaos and brings a calmness where it may not exist. Lance is a humble hero, whose skill, talent and experience represents the best of the EMS industry.”

Blythe said he was surprised by the Star of Life honor. “I’ve been In EMS for 16 years, and it’s an awesome and surreal feeling that I make that kind of impact that others would feel compelled to nominate me for such an award,” Blythe said.

Each GMR Star of Life represents an incredible story of service and dedication in every area of the EMS industry and is selected by their peers in an extensive nomination process.


About Air Evac Lifeteam:

Air Evac Lifeteam is the nation’s leading provider of helicopter air ambulance services. Crews consisting of a pilot, a flight nurse and a flight paramedic, are on duty 7 days a week to respond to the scene of a medical emergency or transport patients between medical facilities. The company operates more than 140 air medical bases across 15 states. For more information, please visit Lifeteam.net.

Air Evac Lifeteam is part of the Global Medical Response family. Global Medical Response, Inc. is the industry-leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services, and managed medical transportation organization. With more than 35,000 employees, GMR delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.globalmedicalresponse.com.