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University of Missouri health care celebrates 35 years of emergency helicopter service

On Monday, University of Missouri health care celebrated the 35th anniversary of their emergency helicopter service.

The team serves the entire state and has saved numerous lives, as they can pick up patients with severe injuries much faster than ground crews.

A senior Staff for Life lead pilot says on average, there is about one flight per day.

Flight nurse Silva Tribble says, “It’s interesting in the state of Missouri, because we have more medivac helicopters in the state of Missouri than I think any other state in the nation.”

She added, “This is not the type of job that you can train till you get an A on the test. This is the type of job that you train until you cannot get it wrong. The moment you need those skills, they better be there.”

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