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Wow, it has been a whirlwind over the past month since my daughter’s automobile accident. Fortunately, she is exceeding all expectations and is going through various rehabilitation therapies. Thanks for all the well wishes, prayers and support. I’m getting back into the swing of things and will bring you more aviation videos and articles.
By TC FREEMAN
One of the worst things that a father can
go through happened little over a month ago. My teen-age daughter was involved
in a serious automobile accident that required helicopter medevac to the local
trauma hospital. This experience can be best described as an emotional roller
coaster of two steps forward, followed by a step back. Fortunately, she has
been exceeding all expectations and I’ve learned that you have to look at the
big picture or else the emotional rollercoaster is difficult to sustain long
term. An event such as this prompts a lot of introspection about life in
general and the importance of safety as we travel.
Doing my own bit of soul searching I’ve
come to realize some of the bad habits that I’ve adopted over the past several
years. Perhaps my biggest sin is impatience, which if I’m honest is an emotion
that I allow into my mind. It’s not the slow driver, traffic jam or the air traffic
controller not clearing me direct to
destination soon enough; ultimately I have to take responsibility in deciding
how circumstances impact me. Frustration can lead to anger and poor decision
making. The importance of safety cannot be emphasized enough and the
consequences for neglecting this rule can result in tragedy. It’s important for
us all to slow down, put safety first and realize that things rarely go exactly
I want to give a heartfelt thanks to the
entire medevac flight team for expediting my daughter to the trauma hospital
was quickly as possible in her time of need.
Fortunately the accident happened within a
quarter of a mile of a fire-rescue station and three quarters of a mile from a
suitable Landing Zone (LZ). Thanks again for all of the nice words of support
and prayers during this trying time. The silver lining is that we plan on
moving forward through learning and positive introspection.
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