LeFlore County citizens may soon be able to opt for membership in the largest independently owned and operated air-ambulance company in the United States. At the regular monthly meeting of the LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services Board meeting members heard from Judy Dyke, a regional director of base operations for Air Evac Lifeteam, an air-ambulance company which operates the world's largest fleet of more than 100 medically-equipped helicopters.
A team from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) began a two month project with the U.S. Forest last week. The 10 member team will receive Type 2 Wild Land Firefighter Certification from the U.S. Forest Service and will use the training to assist with numerous precribed burns. In addition to the fire services, the team will work to complete fence removal, trail building and maintenance projects. The team will also return for another two months during the summer, from mid-May through mid-July, to assist with fire and other related tasks.
Liala Dunigan has received a new heart. According to sources close to the family, Liala Dunigan received a heart transplant at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Sources say that the Dunigan family received a call Monday evening that a heart had been located for baby Liala. Liala has been on the heart transplant list since December when doctors discovered an undiagnosed heart defect after she became ill. She was only three months old when she was life flighted to Arkansas Children's Hospital and underwent open-heart surgery.