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Thoughts From A Clinician

Thoughts from a Clinician: A Tribute to Duke Life Flight

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On Friday September 8, 2017, the most unimaginable, yet all too common happened.

Imagine getting the phone call saying that there has been a crash.  Immediately there is sheer terror and disbelief followed by panic, anger and sadness.  They have just lost three incredible members of their team and a patient.  They have just experienced THE worst part of our job. 

Now what?  What do we do after this?

The outpouring of support and love for Duke Life Flight has been nothing short of amazing.  There has been so many messages, emails, cards, and pictures showing that we are #DUKESTRONG.  No matter where you are in the world of helicopter EMS something like this makes you stop and think.  No matter how long you have done this job or who you work for, it makes you stop and think about what we do and why we do it.  So, why do we do it?  The same reason that Kris Harrison, Crystal Sollinger, and Jeff Burke did…for people we don’t know.  We do it in the service of others.  These three individuals personified service to others and paid the ultimate price.  

Even though I had only met and worked with these crew members on a few occasions, I know they were among the best.  To the crew and Duke University Life Flight, we feel your loss and we offer our sincerest condolences.  To the patient, the patient’s family and of course the families of these three individuals, thank you for the privilege to know them.  From the FlightBridgeED team, our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of need.  May we all come together as a HEMS family and show the world that we bleed Duke Blue and more importantly that we are #DUKESTRONG.

Rest in Peace and Godspeed Life Flight 3 crew.  We have the watch…we will take it from here. 




Klint Kloepping is a US trained Critical Care Paramedic and Flight Paramedic. He is currently pursuing a Baccalaureate degree in EMS management.  Klint works full time as a Flight Paramedic in the Midwest, USA.  Klint is also an EMS and Critical Care Educator. 

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