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Taylor County man is Air Evac regional mechanic of the year

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By The Staff

Air Evac Lifeteam selected Lanny Thompson of the Campbellsville base as the 2008 Regional Mechanic of the Year on June 28 during the company's regional awards banquet in Nashville, Tenn.

The awards banquet honored employees from the company's Nashville region, which includes bases in Kentucky and eastern Tennessee.

The Regional Mechanic of the Year of the Year is presented to the employee who has contributed to the performance of the assigned base/region and to the overall mission of Air Evac Lifeteam.

"Lanny Thompson's devotion to his job and attention to detail has resulted in his base having one of the best maintenance records in the company," said assistant director of maintenance Leonard Bentkowski. "He takes the initiative to come in at any hour on any day to ensure all inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance items are done in a timely and efficient manner. He sincerely cares about the work he does and the people who fly in his helicopter.

"Not only does he continually demonstrate his mechanical proficiency and expertise, but he does so in a cheerful manner at all times. His base truly enjoys having him around and trusts his ability to maintain their aircraft," Bentkowski said.

Air Evac Lifeteam is a membership-supported air ambulance company that provides emergency care and rapid medical transport to rural communities throughout the central U.S. The company operates 75 bases in 12 states.