Helicopter to make a non-emergency landing at WCHS/WACC for the students in the EMT program.
Weather permitting, this Friday, May 22, 2015, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students get to see a Lutheran Air helicopter, with a Flight Paramedic on board that is a 2003 graduate of WCHS and the Warsaw Area Career Center EMT program, land at the WCHS/WACC campus between 8:00-8:30. It will land on the front lawn of WCHS/WACC campus between parking lot B and SR 15 and the Flight Paramedic will be here to talk to the class about air transport in emergency situations.
Here is the information Justin provided:
“My name is Justin Butts, and I am a Flight Paramedic for Lutheran Air, and am currently based out of Wabash, IN as a full time flight crew member on Helicopter N913LH, also known as Lutheran Air II. I am a 2003 graduate of Warsaw Community High school, where I was a member of the National Honor Society, recipient of the Academic Honors Diploma, and received my first EMT-Basic training and certification through the Warsaw Area Career Center. I had always had an interest in the pre-hospital emergency medical field, and having the availability of the EMT class at WACC provided me with an ability to explore that field. I remember my first ride-along on the ambulance, my first calls, and my first time really feeling like I found my dream job. I loved the mix of uncertainty, physicality, and mental stimulation that EMS provided, and best of all, we were able to be a positive impact on each patient that we encountered. Whether we were saving a life or simply lending a hand, I loved every bit and knew that I had found my dream job.
Following graduation, I spent time working and volunteering at Multi-Township EMS, which is the Paramedic service that provides care to almost 70% of Kosciusko County. I entered into Paramedic training at IVY Tech Northeast in January of 2004, and graduated in the spring of 2006. Following my graduation and passing of all state exams, I became a full-time Paramedic in the employ of MTEMS for the next seven years. During this time, MTEMS developed a reputation as a progressive and clinically advanced service, which had a high call volume and high acuity (severity) of calls, in both the medical and trauma fields. In 2013, I was given to opportunity to combine two of my favorite things, aviation and emergency medicine. Helicopter EMS jobs have tough competition, and people from all over the state were applying for a total of 4 full time Flight positions. Getting that phone call was a dream come true. I am fortunate for the training that I have had over the years, and it has all been integral in each step that I needed to make it into a flight program, and it all began at WCHS/WACC.”