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LifeFlight makes unexpected landing in King City

Golf Pro Shop parking lot is only landing site with short notice


by: J. PATRICK MOORE - CLEAR THE DECK - King City officials only had a few minutes to prepare for a LifeFlight landing May 8 after a man was injured on Little Bull Mountain across Pacific Highway from King City.A LifeFlight helicopter landed in King City on May 8 on short notice, causing more than a little excitement for police and city officials, not to mention golfers and other members of the public.

A tractor that a man was riding at Southwest 109th Avenue near Naeve Street across Pacific Highway from King City rolled over on him, and someone called 9-1-1 at 4:03 p.m.

"When (Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue King City Station) Engine 35 arrived, they determined the patient had been injured… " said Lysa Vattimo, TVF&R public affairs officer. "The patient had already been extricated from under the tractor, and he was conscious and alert. Due to the nature of the call and the patient's vitals, it was determined that he should be transported via LifeFlight to a local hospital."

King City City Manager Dave Wells told the City Council at its May 15 meeting, "LifeFlight was on its way back from another incident, and we were told we had 15 minutes until it landed, but it came in three minutes. It was a perfect storm."

At that time of day, with limited options for landing, "LifeFlight used our golf course parking lot for a staging area to take the victim to the hospital," said J. Patrick Moore, King City Civic Association administrator.

Besides rescuing the victim, whose injuries were not immediately known, Wells said that as a result of the incident when everyone was sort of flying by the seat of their pants, all the entities involved are planning to get together to establish a coordinated plan of action for the next time something like this happens.