Flights for life
Hard work is welcomed by the men and women who staff the emergency medical helicopters in the Capital Region, because they know that their service might mean the difference between life and death for the patients who end up onboard. Posted on October 20, 2011.
A LifeNet helicopter takes off from a parking lot at Nott Terrace and Liberty Street to take a young burn victim to the burn center at Westchester Medical Center.
New York State Police pilot Sgt. Donald Dorn, left, and Colonie EMS flight paramedics Oscar LaRosa and Mary Pat Provost walk under the NYSP Bell 430 helicopter used for daily medical flights at the State Police hangar at Albany International Airport. LifeNet of New York, based at Albany Medical Center, celebrates its 15th anniversary this month.
Colonie EMS Flight Paramedics Mary Pat Provost, left, and Oscar LaRosa, far right, along with NYSP pilot Sgt. Donald Dorn, center, prepare for flight in the "Map Room" at the NYSP Aviation Unit building, located at the Albany International Airport.
The cockpit of the NYSP Bell 430 helicopter that is used for LifeNet rescues.
LaRosa does a routine check on a LifePak15 monitor inside the helicopter.
Flight paramedics, Oscar LaRosa and Mary Pat Provost prepare equipment inside New York State Police Bell 430 helicopter at the NYSP Aviation Hanger.
A LifeNet helicopter at takes off from Firefighter's Park in Fonda to Albany Medical Center with a traffic accident victim.
A LifeNet helicopter lands in the Schenectady High School parking lot to transport a burn victim to Westchester Medical Center’s burn unit for treatment earlier this year.
A LifeNet helicopter lands behind the Rexford Fire Department on Route 146 as part of the third Annual Open House last month.