CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
MAY 13, 2010
The Life Flight Network crew (l to r) are Eric Kincaid (Paramedic), George Lacy (Pilot), and Dominic Pomponio (Flight Nurse and Manager).
OHS grad heads for the sky
By Alannah Allbrett
Like many in this valley, Dominic (Dom) Pomponio came from a logging
family. His grandfather’s family came out from
Dom played for eight or nine years in an 8 piece band known as JBR Express. The group performed regularly in McCall and other locations in the northwest. Dom is an accomplished jazz pianist and said the group may soon be getting back together again.
Dom met his wife Angie when
they both attended nursing school at
Up until recently, Dom
commuted to the
Most of us have rather routine jobs and don’t face life and death situations on a daily basis. When I asked Dom what it was like to rescue people, he didn’t quite know how to respond. Obviously, some of the duties they perform, in following protocol, become routine like anyone else’s job. “We see people at their worst,” he said, “and are able to help save their lives.” Naturally, he finds that very fulfilling.
When asked what the best part of his job is, Dom said he enjoys the flying. ”It’s always exciting to be in a helicopter,” and that has become his comfort zone. They typically fly to a scene with one pilot, one nurse, and one paramedic onboard. As a team, they are able to give very fast, on-the-scene help, providing excellent critical care and trauma service.
When asked Dom to differentiate between what duties the flight nurse performs compared to those of a paramedic, he said “A nurse mainly gets to shine in helping transport a sick patient in an inter-hospital transfer scenario, and the paramedic’s skills are highlighted in emergency scene response. We work in tandem, however,” he said, so they are cross-covering and complementing each other’s skills.
The Pomponios spent a year
Dom and Angie are celebrating the birth of their first baby, a boy also named Dominic, born in February. They had thought it would be a little girl and had a girl’s name picked out. Dom said they are old fashioned and didn’t want to know for sure until the baby was born. It must be working out with the little boy baby, because he could not recall the girl’s name they had chosen.
I asked him if nursing and
flight care was the kind of career he would want if his son were interested in
it. He didn’t hesitate to say, “Absolutely! You can’t go wrong in the medical
field.” Dom said his personal goal is “to raise our son in this beautiful
he wants Life Flight to continue to be the best it can possibly be in assisting
people in need. \
Pictured, is the cockpit of
the Eurocopter A-Star B3 model helicopter which recently came to
Nestled between the jump
seats of the Eurocopter A-Star B3 helicopter are the cardiac monitor, the
ventilator, and oxygen and suction equipment. The helicopter is equipped with
all of the items one would find in the emergency ward of a hospital. A trip from