LifeFlight Visits Sunday River Ski Patrol

Throughout our 25th anniversary year, LifeFlight of Maine is visiting partners in emergency care, including members of Maine’s ski patrol. On Saturday, March 11 the Sunday River ski patrol helped up set up a temporary landing zone in front of the new Jordan 8 chairlift and the crew spent an hour visiting with skiers and riders.

Not surprisingly, the helicopter was a kid magnet, and Pilot Tom McDevitt, Paramedic Paul Silva, and mechanics Alex and Chris Dence fielded a barrage of questions about the aircraft, our medical equipment, and the critical care our crew provide 24-7.

Lifeflight crew members with kids at Sunday Mountain Ski Resort in March 2023

Former Patient Dave Coughlan, 68, of Yarmouth skied over to meet the crew and shared his story. In 2009, Dave had a fall that he doesn’t remember to this day, and he awoke at Central Maine Medical Center after spending 5 days in a coma. He has no memory of his LifeFlight transport from the Bethel airport, but he knows that flight saved precious minutes that helped save his life. “I’m forever grateful,” said Dave.

Dave Coughlan stands, holding his skis, at Sunday River  in March 2023.
Former Patient Dave Coughlan, 68, of Yarmouth

Keep an eye out for other LifeFlight visits in 2023!