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      PALMER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WINS MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD 



(L to R) James C. Swartz, President & CEO of CareFlite, Ricky E. McElhaney, Palmer Fire Chief, and Ellis County Pct. #1 Commissioner Dennis Robinson
  

Grand Prairie, Texas

CareFlite awarded a Meritorious Service Award to the Palmer Volunteer Fire Department Monday evening in Palmer, Texas . The ceremony was delayed while the department responded to a structure fire. The structure was saved.
 

In presenting the award, Mr. Swartz spoke of the importance of volunteer fire companies – and volunteers, in rural communities. Commissioner Dennis Robinson, a resident of Palmer, represented Ellis County at the ceremony. Palmer Fire Chief Ricky McElhaney accepted the award on behalf of the department. Palmer VFD was nominated by James Shelton, EMT of CareFlite. The nomination read:

  “On December 23, 2007 my partner and I had the pleasure of working along side a few of the Palmer VD Responders. We were returning a Patient home just in time for the holidays, and were in need of lift assistance getting the patient into the house and settled in. While unloading the patient the responders knew just exactly how the task had to be performed to safely get the patient back to her room and into her bed. I was totally impressed with the performance of these members. The responders were prompt, professional. knowledgeable about the task at hand, worked efficiently, caring towards the patient, courteous, and most importantly they worked safely. The members showed their true dedication to their community, and towards an outside agency. Without the help of the Palmer VFD the safe return of the patient wouldn't have been possible. It was my pleasure to have worked along side such and outstanding group of professionals.”
 

CareFlite, a 501(c)3 non-profit, has provided air ambulance services to communities like Palmer throughout north Texas since 1979. CareFlite also offers a membership program to protect residents against the high cost of medical transport by accepting a member’s health insurance as payment in full for air or ground medical transports. Members without health insurance automatically receive a 50% discount on any medical transport. The CareFlite Membership costs just $49 per household per year. It covers CareFlite’s helicopter EMS up to 150 miles around DFW, CareFlite’s fixed wing air ambulance up to 500 miles around DFW and 911/ground services where available. For more information, call Member Services (877) DFW – Care or
www.careflite.org . CareFlite is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. 

About CareFlite:
   Non-profit 501(c)3 company based in Grand Prairie
   ♥ Oldest joint use air medical program in the United States, founded 1979
  
Over 375,000 air and ground patients transported since 1979
  
Six air bases and eight ground ambulance bases across North Texas
  
Only Helicopter IFR program in the region with proprietary instrument approaches to 17     hospitals
  
Fixed wing air ambulance available 24/7 for rural communities
  
Provides 911 EMS services in Johnson County  
  
Provides standby medical services for Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, SMU, TCU, Texas Motor Speedway
      Byron Nelson Golf Tournament, Mesquite Rodeo among others
  
Sponsored by Arlington Memorial, Baylor Health Care System, Harris Methodist Hospitals , JPS Health Network, 
       Methodist Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Presbyterian Hospitals