Jo Hooker Passed Away

Just received word that Jo Hooker passed away at 7:00 this morning in Traverse City .  No obituary is up yet, of course, but cards can be sent to the family addressed:

Hooker Family

3825 Creekside

Traverse City , Michigan 49684

The Beaver Island Ice Classic

The Beaver Island Ice Classic, sponsored by the Preservation Association of Beaver Island to raise funds for the new Community Center, is officially on.

On Sunday, January 28 th , there was enough ice to move the tower onto the harbor ice next to the B.I. Marine dock.

This is a 50/50 raffle with the winner being the lucky person who guesses the time closest to when the tower falls through the ice. Last year the tower fell on March 29 at 8:56PM and Richie Gillespie won $600.

Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20 and are available from P.A.B.I. Board Members and at McDonough's Market.

If anyone off the island is interested participating in the contest contact Bob Tidmore at 231-448-3088 or e-mail him at

Biscayne Bay Drafted Into Service for

Beaver Island Emergency

Beginning at 8 pm and ending about 14 hours later, a less than typical emergency response and transport of a serious situation occurred on the Island this past Friday. There were no less than fifty people involved in the treatment and transportation of one 67- year-old cardiac patient this past Friday night.

Those involved in arranging this treatment and transportation included Sue Solle and Donna Kubic from the BIRHC; Sarah McCafferty, Gerald Lafreniere, Joe Moore, Jim Stambaugh, and Dawn Traficante from BIEMS; Darrell Butler, fireman and township maintenance; the Charlevoix deputy Jake Wasylewski; seventeen crew members on the USCG cutter Biscayne Bay; three USCG guardsmen from the Charlevoix station; three EMS providers from East Jordan advanced life support ambulance service including director Jay Peck; USCG personnel from Traverse City Air Station including a helicopter crew, the on-call USCG Flight Surgeon, and personnel from Group Nine, Cleveland District of the USCG; the medical control physicians and emergency room nurses at Charlevoix Area Hospital and Northern Michigan Hospitals; the Charlevoix-Cheboygan-Emmet 911 Dispatch center; and family members of the BIEMS providers. There may be others that we accidentally left out.

The emergency response began like any other with a 911 call and a page by Central Dispatch for a patient with a "high blood pressure". 57 Echo 4, BIEMS emergency response vehicle was the first on scene followed by 57 Alpha 2, the BIEMS advanced life support ambulance. The 67-year-old male patient was having a serious cardiac emergency and was transported to BIRHC accompanied by BIEMS crew members including medical first responder Jim Stambaugh, Basic EMTs Sarah McCafferty and Dawn Traficante, EMT-Specialist Gerald LaFreniere, and paramedic Joe Moore. The patient was brought into the BIRHC, and Family Nurse Practitioner Sue Solle and Registered Nurse Donna Kubic joined the group working to assess, treat, and arrange the transportation of this patient.

This team worked very well under the leadership of Sue Solle who communicated with physicians at both hospitals. The treatment duties were shared by both groups.

Gerald LaFreniere worked to arrange the patient transportation. The first call went to Neal Boyle of Island Airways, but the freezing rain and snow would not allow them to help out in this emergency. Next came the contact with the US Coast Guardsmen through Cleveland and Traverse City . A helicopter from Traverse City 's Air Station was staffed, and an attempt to MEDIVAC the patient was begun. All arrangements were made including approval by the USCG Flight Surgeon and all the way through to the mainland transportation and lodging for the BIEMS paramedic who would need to accompany the patient.

Approximately three hours after the beginning of this emergency, the phone rang, and the emergency team was notified that the helicopter had to turn around and return to base due to the poor weather conditions. The icing was making the flight too dangerous for the crew of the helicopter.

The BI team was back to square one. What would they be able to do to help this patient get to the hospital?

Stabilizing and treating the patient without transporting the patient to the hospital became a real possibility. The BI team, led by Sue Solle, contacted physicians at the mainland hospitals and initiated the treatment plan. The USCG Flight Surgeon talked with Sue. A history-making decision was discussed and arranged. The Biscayne Bay was enroute to Green Bay , Wisconsin , to escort a vessel into the harbor there. It was diverted from that mission to resolve Beaver Island 's emergency transportation problem.

This was to be the first patient ever transported for a medical emergency by a USCG cutter. A lot of arrangements needed to be made. The only docking on Beaver Island was the BI Boat Company dock. Since the 9/11 security changes, the dock was fenced and gated. The docking areas needed to be plowed after access was obtained. After contact with Beaver Island Boat Company Captain Mike Green who was stranded in Charlevoix, Darrell Butler was enrolled to complete these tasks.

Information received from Cleveland District 9 USCG suggested the BI team had six hours of waiting time before arrival of the Biscayne Bay . The BI team met in the break room at the BIRHC to determine how to divide the six hours in shifts so everyone could get in a nap. Some would go home, some would sleep on cots at the BIRHC, and some would stay awake to monitor the patient. But the naps were not to be part of this early morning. Just as some team members were attempting to nap, Central Dispatch paged BIEMS and BI Fire Department 'Jaws' to a "rollover vehicle accident at the intersection of Kings Highway and Tom McCaulley's Road-unknown number of patients."

This vehicle rollover accident was called in by Jim McDonough, who found it when giving a student a ride home from a school function. Amazingly, the accident involved the father of the student Jim was transporting. Thankfully, the driver had been able to get out and walk to a residence close by. The driver refused any assessment, treatment, or transport. However, the planned naps weren't going to happen.

Gerald and Jake, the BI deputy, went down to the BI Boat Dock to finalize preparations for the arrival of the cutter. They stayed down there to catch lines and assist with the docking. Ice and snow needed to be chopped and shoveled off the deck and the walkway to allow boarding of the vessel. Once the cutter was prepared, BIEMS loaded the patient and transported him down to the Biscayne Bay to be loaded aboard for the trip to Charlevoix. Accompanying the patient aboard the cutter was the crew of the BIEMS ALS ambulance, paramedic Joe Moore and EMT Specialist Gerald LaFreniere.

All three settled into the wardroom of the cutter for the 2-3 hour trip to Charlevoix. The patient rested comfortably and even napped on the smooth trip once the ice of the Paradise Bay harbor was exited. Arrival in Round Lake found three USC Guardsmen had plowed the boat dock and were there to assist with the docking. As the patient was readied for the debarkation and transfer of care, Gerald made arrangements via BIEMS cell phone for transportation for Joe and himself.

The East Jordan (EJ)Ambulance was awaiting the arrival of the cutter. Charlevoix Ambulance was bypassed since the agency was not an Advanced Life Support agency. Charlevoix Area Hospital was bypassed since there was no cardiologist on staff and medical control of this patient had been passed to Northern Michigan Hospital (NMH). The EJ crew was helpful in moving the patient into their ambulance. Patient care was turned over to the EJ crew at approximately 7 a.m. Saturday morning. The patient was transported to NMH.

As if fate had intervened, Gerald's wife Tammy was stranded in Charlevoix due to the same weather problems. Her mother provided tranportation for Gerald and Joe to the Charlevoix Airport . The Charlevoix Coast Guardsmen transported the BIEMS equipment to the airport. The BIEMS crew and equipment returned to the Island on an 8:30 am flight.

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Veto the ‘Squito

An event called “Veto the ‘Squito” was sponsored by the Beaver Island Youth Consortium in conjunction with the Beaver Island Community School chapter of the National Honor Society. This activity was a fundraiser for a nationally known program called “Malaria No More.” The admission to this evening was a $10 donation and was for high school students only. The $10 will be used to buy a mosquito net bed covering for one child in Africa . Some students also went out to get extra donations as well.

The students' activity night included watching a video about the African children, open gym activities like basketball and volleyball, and watching DVD movies. The boys left before midnight, but the girls were allowed to spend the night. This activity raised approximately $500 for this project.

“The students were quite touched by the video about the African children,” said Mrs. Boyle, also an event planner besides chaperone. “About twenty-five high school students attended.”

This activity was arranged by Sarah Owsinski, Beaver Island Youth Consortium Coordinator.

Community members volunteered as chaperones.

The mosquito pinata was constructed by two high school boys, David and Dan.

Rural EMS if Different by Joe Moore, Chapter 6--SOMEWHAT SILLY SITUATIONS

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