BEATRICE – A group of Nebraska State Patrol troopers received recognition Monday, for their life-saving relay efforts to bring critical medicine from Omaha to North Platte…helping a hospitalized child in Colorado fighting a brain infection.
The relay by patrol car, last May 29th…was undertaken because of bad weather and the timing for air travel between Omaha and North Platte.
Governor Pete Ricketts lauded the quick efforts of the patrol officers, six of whom attended a news conference at the State Capitol.
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State Patrol Superintendent, Colonel John Bolduc says the relay began with a late-night University of Nebraska Medical Center call to a patrol lieutenant, about critical medicine that had to make its way quickly from Omaha to a hospital in the Denver area.
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Bolduc said it was an example of a precision operation and teamwork to solve a problem. Once the medicine arrived in North Platte, a medical aircraft was able to fly the medicine in clear weather, to a hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Lieutenant Matt Sutter said the relay of the medicine was the right thing to do….and the only option given poor weather for air transport.
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The troopers used their patrol vehicles to perform a relay of the medicine from Omaha to North Platte. Sutter said it was done that way to allow each trooper to remain in their designated work area and eliminate the need to re-fuel, which could burn valuable time.
The medicine arrived at the Colorado hospital, just after two a.m., Mountain time. It made the entire trip in under six hours.