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Risking lives to save lives high in the sky

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TRIMBLE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) --On a lot of days, there isn't a ton to see at the Air Methods base in Trimble County.

"We pretty much wait for the call," pilot, Daniel Paden said.

All it takes though is one, and a peaceful atmosphere turns into organized chaos. The crew on the medical helicopter covers about a ten county radius that goes from around Gallatin County, KY to Washington County, IN.

It's all to get to the worst of emergencies quicker than anyone on the ground can, with the materials that can make the difference between life and death.

"We carry just about everything that an ER would carry," a crew member explained

On the day WDRB was aboard, things got busy. It began with a call about a woman whose condition required her to be flown from the Madison, Indiana hospital to Louisville.

The crew took a trip down the Ohio River to get to the people she desperately needed to see.The run may have been complete, but the day was far from over.

Two minutes after take off, a call about a roll over wreck on Miller's Branch Road in Trimble County came in. Kentucky State Police said the driver fell asleep, hit a guardrail, and the car started rolling. The scene looked bad, and the victim needed medical attention, quick.

The air methods crew found the scene, circled it, and found a spot to land.

Their medical gloves went on mid-air, and the landing was successful. In what seemed like only seconds, the Air Methods group had their patient, and they headed back into the sky, and were on the way back to Louisville.

"A lot of people would want to focus on how bad it looks. We as EMS providers, we focus on what we can do to fix the problem," William Dukes of Air Methods explained.

They certainly fixed the problem, but let's face it, a lot of jobs don't have the type of risk associated with flying and working out of a medical helicopter. The crew takes off and lands and from anywhere, and they fly through weather and over water.

"You kind of think about it, you're looking around, you see the paramedic with you, the flight nurse with you, you're the only pilot in there. That is a little nerve-wracking in the beginning. But, we're all well trained, and have been through this several times," Paden says.

It's a job that has to be executed perfectly every time, because there's no room for error when saving lives is what you do for a living.

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