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SOURCE Angel MedFlight
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kyle Luginbyhl's journey to becoming a health care hero began as an American hero. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger with the 75th Regiment based at Fort Benning, Georgia.
He received the Purple Heart award for the multiple injuries he sustained and also a Silver Star, the Defense Department's third-highest medal for valor in combat.
When Luginbyhl returned home from the military, he felt compelled to give back, to save lives, so he became a firefighter, working in New Mexico for seven years, which included two years as an Emergency Medical Technician and five years as a paramedic.
Next month, Luginbyhl will receive another award as a finalist in the Phoenix Business Journal's 13th annual Health Care Heroes awards. A breakfast ceremony will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess on August 21.
He took his duty of saving lives from the ground to the air, becoming a critical care flight paramedic, eventually joining the medical flight team at Angel MedFlight where he makes sure all medical crews have the supplies and equipment necessary to provide the life sustaining and saving care at 40,000 feet in the air.
Luginbyhl says he has always had "a servant attitude, or personality" and a calling to help people. That characteristic extends beyond his day job.
He also volunteers with the Patriot Guard Riders – a Veteran's Motorcycle Association that aids vets and their families, escorts funeral transports and participates and leads welcome-home parades for returning vets. He is also active with the Wounded Warriors program and lends his time to the Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.
Luginbyhl says he chose to extend his service to health care because of his drive to "go bigger and do better," knowing he can positively affect the lives of those he cares for as a paramedic.
This Independence Day, Angel MedFlight is proud to salute all its veteran employees, like Kyle Luginbyhl.
About Angel MedFlight
Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services, commercial medical escorts, ground ambulance services and discretionary insurance benefit assistance. The Angel MedFlight One Touch Promise® assures patients and their families of our commitment to handling every detail of a medical flight, and committing all available resources to guide the process from start to finish, with a compassionate team of experts in the fields of medicine, aviation, insurance law and case management. More information can be found at www.angelmedflight.com and on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/AngelMedFlight.
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