Learning Opportunities, From the Air and On the Ground
– Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer; Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday;
Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the college's paramedic program;
and Tony A. Bixby, Life Flight medic and part-time member of the paramedic faculty
LifeFlight arrives from the southeast, banking toward a precision landing.
Flight medic Tony A. Bixby and flight nurse Danielle N. Houtz, both part-time faculty members in the college's School of Health Sciences, were part of the morning's crew.
Boys and girls from the Dunham Children's Learning Center venture closer for a better look.
Crew members answer questions from students assembled on the library lawn.
Jackson Mackey, son of Jon and Katie Mackey (Penn College's coordinator of off-campus living and commuter services) climbs aboard for a photo op.
An "injured" Austen M. Kauffman, an emergency medical services major from Myerstown, is secured for simulated transport.
Classmates carry the "patient" to the medical helicopter.
Houtz acts as the tail-rotor guard and Bixby guides students Scott C. Forbes and Nathan J. Katzmaier toward the loading bay. Forbes, of Odenton, Md., is enrolled in the applied health studies: emergency medical services concentration; Katzmaier, of Montoursville, is a paramedic technician major.
Handling with care
Children entertain themselves while waiting their turn, inventing games ...
... and playing some tried-and-true ones, such as "leap frog."
Bixby talks with students about the challenges and rewards of flight medicine.
An airborne medical miracle-worker, at rest on the ground
Nearby apparatus from the Williamsport Bureau of Fire also attracted youthful attention.
Regina G. Andes, an assistant group leader at the CLC, steps inside with two young friends.
All aboard for photos ...
... and more photos!
An enlightening visit ends with a flawless takeoff.
With make-believe maladies (except for the sling, which harbors a real-life injury), Nicholas J. Perri, a pre-emergency medical services student from Philadelphia, is wheeled aboard Susquehanna Regional EMS' bariatric ambulance.
Brady L. Breon, an assistant professor in the paramedic program, assesses a student's driving skill.
Kaitlyn M. Reedy, an emergency medical services major from Montgomery, takes her turn on the litter. At right is Susquehanna's Alfred P. Scott Jr., a 2008 graduate in Penn College's paramedic technician major. Assisting off-camera are Dayton J. Root, an emergency medical services student from Liberty (and a Susquehanna Regional EMS intern) and Tina Dymeck, an emergency medical technician. The visit was arranged by Jason P. Zielewicz, supervisor of prehospital services, a 2003 applied health studies graduate and part-time member of the college paramedic faculty.
With pylons set just beyond the vehicle's width, there's little room for error in maneuvering.
The landing zone, as seen from the air