Thank you, Air Methods, for sharing the following stories!

Just hours after birth, Finn Hickey—son of EMS Week winner and Air Methods Flight Nurse Sean Hickey—was diagnosed with Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT). NAIT is a platelet type incompatibility, which occurs in 1/800 live births and can result in death or long-term complications.

Thanks to the quick thinking of Finn’s pediatrician, and the critical care support provided by the flight crew, Finn was immediately flown by Air Methods to Kosair Children’s Hospital via fixed wing.

This is Finn’s story.


On October 25th, 2014, a 17 year old Kansas High School student was hit by an under-age drunk driver. Alyssa was cared for by local EMS crews, including Air Methods’ Arch emergency air medical program. She was flown via helicopter from the scene of the accident, and spent seven weeks at Carle Hospital. Later, Alyssa and her family were reunited with the first responders who saved her life.

Every day in America, almost 30 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.


While out jogging with friends in April 2015, 20-year-old James Rosso was struck by a car, landing on the vehicle. Barely surviving the incident, doctors put James in a medically-induced coma. James’ survival was not just the result of the amazing care he received at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida, but it also was thanks to the incredible LeeFlight crew who rescued him that day. Greg Cicchetto, lead pilot; Mariellen Shields, flight paramedic; and Jason Farmer, flight nurse, worked together to ensure that James would not only survive, but also, run again.