A Claremore Air Evac nurse and former Marine has been honored as Flight Nurse of the Year in region four. Ben Edwards serves communities in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
The flight nurse of the year award recognizes an employee's abilities including willingness to increase skills and work as a team player, according to a news release from Air Evac Lifeteam.
Edwards had years of helicopter experience as a CH-46 crew chief while he served his country in the Marines, the release states. When his wife, Angela, was airlifted to a hospital after an automobile accident, the Claremore resident decided to combine his passion for helicopters with a career in nursing.
"Ben has helped create a base of accountability and excellence, and sets the bar for a positive attitude," said Regional Director of Base Operations Judy Dyke.
"He is a valuable asset to our developing team and is a big part of our present and future successes."
Air Evac Lifeteam provides air medical service to those who live in medically under served areas. Flight crews consist of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, according to the news release.