This week’s spotlight employee is Sandra Cryder, representing Air Evac Lifeteam #95 in Statesboro, GA, since the base open the fall of 2010.
Although she calls Statesboro home, she primarily grew up in a small town about 25 miles north of Statesboro. Sandie is the proud mother of two sons, and “Mimi” to one granddaughter.
Sandie considers membership her 3rd baby since she has watched it grow and now sees it beginning to flourish in her area of southeast Georgia.
Since the early 90’s Sandie’s professional background had been in the banking world. She has always provided some kind of customer service and that is definitely one of the key factors that makes her successful in her membership role.
From Sandie: “As a single mom my first thought after hearing about the membership position was that working for a corporate company with benefits would be beneficial for my family. It didn’t take long after beginning my journey with Air Evac/AMCN that I realized that I was part of something so much bigger! In my presentation I’ve shared with people that our company is not only helping families when they have a medical emergency….we are there before, during and after something happens to you! That’s what I believe membership is doing…helps you be prepared for the unexpected, our crews are there during your emergency and after, we have people to help you through the paperwork while you recover! It’s my goal to make sure that everyone living in my area never has to pay more than $65 for our service!”
In 2012, my daughter, Maggie Mae, was 4 years old.
It was the last day of school, and I was preparing to leave for graduation with Maggie Mae and my 2 year-old stepdaughter. We rescued a Great Dane just a month earlier. He was very smart and playful. The girls were playing with the dog and I interrupted them to take him out on a leash before we left. The girls followed me, and I remember them laughing and giggling and turning flips and twirling around, just as young little girls do.
Suddenly, the dog ripped the leash from my hand and took off towards Maggie Mae. The dog latched on to Maggie’s left arm first. I began kicking him in hopes he would let go. He turned and then bit on the top of my knee and then quickly went back to attacking Maggie Mae. At this point she was lying on the ground on her right side. The dog reached down and picked her up like she was a chew toy. He had the whole left side of her body in his mouth. He kept his grip and started shaking his head over and over, slinging her around in the air. It was kind of like she was a rag doll and he was just playing with his favorite toy. Finally, he just opened his mouth and let her go and walked a few feet away and just stood there.
I was able to find my phone and call 911 just as a neighbor arrived. He secured the dog and kept him contained. I sat on the walkway with my back against the front steps of my house holding on to my baby for dear life. There is nothing like cradling your 4 year-old daughter in yours arms whose side has been ripped from her. As she continued to bleed out, I held her tighter and tighter. She softly cried, “Help me mommy.” But, I was helpless; there was nothing I could do. I knew she was going to die while I was holding her in my arms.
After calling 911 a second time, I finally began to hear the sirens from the ambulance in the distance. Thankfully, a deputy sheriff heard my name on the radio and knew where I lived. He was the second person on the scene. I ran across my yard with Maggie Mae in my arms and handed her to him. I just remember saying, “Please help her.” Immediately after that more first responders (a few of them relatives) began arriving. God kept his hand on her and we managed to make it through rush hour traffic and eventually to the hospital. Air Evac Lifeteam #45 from Fayette flew her to Children’s in Birmingham from the hospital.
Maggie Mae underwent emergency surgery that lasted four hours and was taken to ICU on a ventilator and with three drainage tubes in her chest and one in her arm. She had close to 50 staples. She had a punctured lung and diaphragm. She was also given blood. She got stitches in her arm, too. She stayed in ICU for three days and was in the hospital for 10. She is my little MIRACLE. That was four years ago and she is now in the 3rd grade.
In July, she got to meet her flight nurse and take a picture with her and the helicopter. I can’t begin to express my sincere gratitude for the flight crew at AIR EVAC LIFETEAM 45. I will forever be grateful to our company and the services it provides.
This week, our spotlight shines on Arlene Freeman.
Arlene is a native of Forrest City, Arkansas, where she proudly represents Air Evac Lifeteam Base #42. She lives with her husband of 36 years and high school sweetheart Dexter. She is the proud mother of 3 children and 2 grand children.
Arlene started working for AirMedCare Network April of 2015, and has never met a stranger; she is a caring and compassionate person that loves people and strongly believes in AirMedCare Network/Air Evac Lifeteam’s mission and goals for families.
Over the last 15 years prior to AMCN/Air Evac, Arlene was the Assistant Director, and then Director for Lee County Family Resource Center until the company closed.
Arlene feels that her calling is to assist in the lives of individuals that are less fortunate and Air Evac Lifeteam is helping to make those wishes come true.
This week’s spotlight shines on Anna Hynes, Membership Manager for Air Evac Lifeteam Base #92 in Hardinsburg, KY.
Anna puts her enthusiasm for new challenges to work on a daily basis, limiting her communities exposure to out of pocket expense!
Anna has three children, all raised in rural Breckinridge County, KY, so she understands as well as anyone the need for access to definitive healthcare.
From Anna: “When I started working with Air Evac Lifeteam, “Sales” was beyond my skill set. I realized quickly that this job would challenge my drive for adventure and push me to be creative for success. I love working with people and I thrive to create a relationship with everyone I meet. Our membership program and flight crew services our community in such a way that touches everyone. Being involved with such a wonderful program that saves lives and pushes for excellence fulfills my personal ambitions. I love my job and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”