STAR-9’s first mission
In less than 24 hours of being operational, STAR-9 (our Regina-based aircraft) received its first mission and responded to a medical emergency in southeast Saskatchewan.
At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 1, STARS was dispatched to Kenosee Lake and eventually came to land at Arcola Hospital to rendezvous with local EMS and fly a patient back to Regina.
Commenting on the first Saskatchewan mission, captain Todd O’Malley said, “it feels good to be able to help.”
He and co-pilot Jason Oblinski flew the aircraft on that historic mission while flight nurse Raegan Gardner and Paramedic Jon Antal provided the patient care.
“This was an exceptional example of the how the chain of survival should work,” remarked Raegan a few days later. “From by-standers who helped on scene and did all the right things to the patient care with local EMS and then in the Arcola hospital until we arrived - it was truly a remarkable health-care team effort.”
As it would turn out, there were many STARS medical personnel involved in the call although they were not on formal shifts with our organization.
Paramedic Jordan Edgerton was one of the working ground EMS paramedics in Regina who helped transfer the patient from the STARS helicopter to the local hospital; at the Regina General hospital Dr. Peter Mueller, who happens to be one of our referral emergency physicians, was the receiving physician on call while the nurse who helped care for the patient that night in hospital was Thomas Froh, another part-time flight nurse at STARS.
“It’s kind of special that we all had a part to play in this historical first call,” added Gardner.