First Responders: AirCare Paramedic Don Moore

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders we meet a paramedic who works above the clouds. Don Moore is a Critical Care Paramedic for UMMC.

“My office view changes day-to-day from Mississippi, Alabama or Tennessee. It could be at 2,000 feet, 6,000 feet,” Moore says.

Don Moore grew up in Enterprise. He was a volunteer firefighter and went into EMT classes at MCC. He’s been involved in basically every aspect of the phrase “first responder.” Now, he flies above our area in the UMMC AirCare helicopter.

“I kind of enjoy a puzzle. That’s kind of my niche in life. This is some of the more complex medical trauma cases that you get,” Moore says.

Moore is an instructor at Jones Community College. He says learning and training should be continuous when you’re responsible for meeting the needs of those injured.

“It truly is somebody’s somebody and that keeps you on your toes. It makes you want to be your best and the training never stops because of that. I truly believe that your studying shouldn’t ever stall,” Moore explains

The AirCare helicopter is not just an ambulance in the air. It’s a hospital in the sky. They deal with things such as car wrecks and major trauma.

“It’s about providing the patient care. It’s not about flying people to care, it’s about flying care to people,” Moore says.

Moore says they treat the patient while in transit. He says their goal is to do just about everything that would be done at a regular hospital.

“We have Crofab for snake bites, no one carries that. We have Kcentra for Cumadin overdoses where people are bleeding too much and their blood too thin. We actually carry blood on the aircraft, plasma and we have countless diagnostic tools on aircraft,” Moore explains.

Moore is married with two children. Moore says flying in a helicopter goes over well with his 10-year-old son. He says it takes a support system to make things work.

“My wife is very supportive. She loves it. She enjoys knowing that I go to a job that is fulfilling and as satisfying as she does being a teacher,” Moore says.

Moore has been flying to calls for seven years and he doesn’t see it changing.

“It is also a blessing to work for the only academic medical center in the state,” Moore says.