EFFINGHAM — Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic Carlos Hill recently completed his 1000th flight.

Hill has worked for more than nine years for Air Evac. They provide emergency air medical service to people who need it most, typically those who live at least 70 miles from the nearest trauma center.

“Carlos is an excellent paramedic and employee. We are very fortunate to have him here,” said Effingham Air Evac Director Larry Thies.

Hill has more than 35 years of emergency medical service experience. Hill was semi-retired in 2003 when a friend called him to suggest that he apply for an open position at the Air Evac base in Effingham. A decade later, Hill said he still enjoys being a flight paramedic.

“I like the people I work with,” Hill said. “They are like my second family.”

Hill and his wife, Sandi, enjoy spending time with their Pomeranian dog, Scooter. Sandi Hill is a critical care manager at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, and plans to retire later this year.

“I also collect John Deere toys, and we have a ‘John Deere’ room at our house,” Hill said.

Air Evac is an independently-owned and operated membership-based air medical service.

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