Air Evac Lifeteam Flight Paramedic Celebrates Career Milestone 2


AELs Tom Allen has flown more than 250 patients.
Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic Tom Allen recently celebrated a career milestone – his 250th patient flight. Allen joined Air Evac in January 2019 as a flight paramedic before being promoted to Base Clinical Lead and then Assistant Program Director at the Olney air medical base.

"I worked at Clay County Hospital in Flora for more than eight years before joining Air Evac Lifeteam," Allen said. "I've also served as a volunteer firefighter in Orchardville."

He was introduced to the helicopter air ambulance industry while serving on the Orchardville Volunteer Fire Department.

"We went to several accidents and medical calls, and that sparked my interest in EMS," Allen said. "I worked on a ground ambulance, and when Air Evac showed up, I saw the next level of my career. I worked hard on my education to qualify for a flight medic position."

Allen enjoys teaching continuing education classes, and helping others in need of a higher level of emergency healthcare. He lives in Flora, Ill., with his wife Mary. Together, they have five children and 11 grandchildren.

Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic Tom Allen, right, recently earned his 250th patient flight wings. Senior Program Director Brian Short presented the new flight wings. Photo courtesy of Air Evac Lifeteam.