Life Flight sets down in Roxboro

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Duke’s Life Flight EMS helicopter made a landing in the parking lot of Roxboro’s Walmart on June 29.

This was not an emergency landing, however. Life Flight was at Walmart for a customer appreciation day that Walmart was hosting.

The Life Flight crew was not the only group of first responders there. A crew from the Roxboro Fire Department, including Chief Kenneth Torain, was at the event, as well as members of the Roxboro Police Department.

Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 as the first hospital-based emergency transport service in North Carolina, becoming the most active first-year flight program in the country, according to the agency’s website. Life Flight started as only one helicopter and has grown into two helicopters and seven ambulances. Life Flight flies with one pilot and two medical crew members, according to pilot Dave Triplett.

Triplett has been with Duke since 2011. Triplett has also flown in Camden, S.C. and Wytheville, Va. Along with Triplett at the Walmart event we’re paramedics Laura Cottee and Mary “Ally” Griffin.

Griffin has been with Duke for two and a half years and Cottee has been with Duke for one and a half years. Cottee and Griffin have both been serving in EMS since they were 16 years old.

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