Department of Defense honors Air Evac Lifeteam's Tim Booher with Patriot Award ac Lifeteam's Tim ooher with Patriot Award
Tim Booher, Program Director for the Air Evac Lifeteam base located in Lafayette, recently was presented the Patriot Award by the Department of Defense in recognition of his patriotic support and cooperation to his employees. Booher was nominated for the honor by Franklin Copeland, a flight paramedic for Air Evac Lifeteam who is a member of the 278th Army National Guard. Copeland and Booher are both originally from Byrdstown.
The Patriot Award was created by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, to publicly recognize supervisors and companies in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Tennessee National Guard and Reserve Units.
Booher, who has been with Air Evac Lifeteam since July, 2008, was nominated for his support of Copeland and the other military members currently working for Air Evac Lifeteam. Copeland is currently deployed and will return to Air Evac Lifeteam once he has completed his tour.
Booher said he was proud to receive such a noble recognition. “It is an honor and a privilege to work with the men and women of our military,” said Booher.
Bill Blanchard, in charge of the Military Outreach in the Upper Cumberland for ESGR of Tennessee, said Booher is well-deserving of this award. “He has provided outstanding support and cooperation to his employees, who – like the citizen warriors before them – have answered their nation’s call to serve.” Blanchard said any Guardsman or Reservist can submit his/her supervisor for the award.
Air Evac Lifeteam is an air ambulance service that provides emergency health care and rapid medical transport to rural communities throughout the central United States. The company currently operates 89 air ambulance bases in 14 states.