On Saturday folks from around northwest Montana showed their support for the ALERT helicopter service, the air ambulance based out of Kalispell Regional Medical Center. The service?s annual banquet drew roughly 600 people to the County Fairgrounds.
Proceeds from the event, which included a silent action, help the team cover its expenses and pick up extra gear, like helmets. Organizers estimate the ALERT team has saved more than 1,400 lives over 35 years.
?When the first man was injured, Clyde Smith?s son was injured up on Hungry Horse, and it took them over an hour and a half to get him from Hungry Horse down to the highway where the ambulance met him and brought him to the hospital,? said Jim Oliverson of KRMC. ?We can fly there and we?ve done it in twelve minutes.?