Sandpoint's new Life Flight helicopter already saving lives

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by Cole Heath & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 6:42 PM

NORTH IDAHO--People living around the Idaho Panhandle have a new tool to help save them during a medical emergency.

It’s called Life Flight, and it’s the only helicopter based right in Sandpoint, Idaho year round.

The new helicopter arrived about a month ago, and so far it’s been put to a lot of use.

Minutes and even seconds can be the difference between life and death during an emergency; especially in rural areas like Bonner County, where reaching a patient can be difficult.

The Life Flight chopper flies patients from Northern Idaho to hospitals in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene in less than 30 minutes.  Before that, we’re told it would’ve taken up to two hours to get there by ambulance.

Nobody may know the value of Life Flight like Ingo Schiller.  The Priest Lake man suffered a seizure at his home March 1st, the same day Life Flight started in Sandpoint.  He believes the helicopter saved his life.

The chopper is a Euro-Copter AS350 and its crew of three serves across the Idaho Panhandle and parts of Washington.
 

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