National Guard & State Police Escort Toddler During Nor’easter for Emergency Heart Surgery
“The snow doesn’t stop us!”
A 23-month-old boy needing emergency heart surgery was driven 88 miles by ambulance through Tuesday’s snowstorm to Geisinger Medical Center. The ambulance was escorted by Penn DOT plow trucks, state police vehicles and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
“At approximately 9:30 a.m. today Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono made a request to the PennDOT Monroe County Maintenance office for a plow truck escort for an ambulance to transport a 23-month-old child from their facility in Stroudsburg to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for an emergency heart surgery,” said Sean Brown Penn DOT District 5 Press Officer.
According to Cpl. Adam Reed, communications director for the Pennsylvania State Police, said the convoy reached Geisinger’s Danville campus about 2:40 p.m.
According to a Governor Tom Wolf, “Penn DOT led the way with a plow train. State Police went with the group to make sure they were safe. The National Guard followed to make sure if anything happened they could help. Local emergency responders and medical practitioners made sure the baby was safe while they made the trip”.
Pennsylvania State Police took to Facebook to write the message:
“The snow doesn’t stop us! PSP Troopers teamed up with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania National Guard, and Suburban EMS to escort a 23-month-old child from Lehigh Valley Health Network in East Stroudsburg to Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville for an emergency medical procedure. The team effort ensured everyone arrived safely.”
The snow doesn't stop us! PSP Troopers teamed up with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT),…
Pennsylvania National Guard took to Twitter to respond:
— PA National Guard (@PANationalGuard) March 14, 2017