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Emergency chopper makes home in Vidalia

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) - A few minutes can be crucial when a patient needs emergency medical care. Air Evac Lifeteam formally celebrated their new station at the Vidalia Regional Airport Thursday.

The company has positioned an emergency helicopter and a three person staff to be on duty 24 hours a day to fly patients from a 70 mile rural area to medical care beyond what they can get locally.

"It gives the people who live in rural areas the same chance to survive as the people who live in metro areas and that's our goal," explained Air Evac's Andy Arthurs. "This community has a wonderful hospital, EMS, and more. But there are times people need more and when that happens you don't have to be a second class citizen,"

The company started 25 years ago to serve communities in the rural Midwest. They now have more than 90 stations in 15 states. They opened a similar station in Waycross Thursday afternoon. This brings their total in Georgia to four: Columbus, Cordele, Waycross and Vidalia.

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