I was conducting a motorcycle safety course in Chelsea and, while we were on a break, this young guy came striding across the large parking lot to ask us a question.

“Hey, I was wondering if you guys could do me a favor,” he said. “I’d like to land a helicopter here in a few minutes.”

It turned out there had been an accident just down the road and a man needed to be airlifted to the hospital, and the “young guy” turned out to be the Chelsea fire chief.

“Absolutely,” I said. “Whatever we can do to help.” We cleared the range and minutes later LifeFlight arrived, making a perfect landing right in front of us.

The patient was loaded into the helicopter and whisked away to a medical center.

Competence. Calm. Courtesy. It’s good to be in Maine. It’s good to know these people are here to help us when we need it.

Thanks to all the first responders involved from Chelsea, Augusta and Gardiner. Our best wishes to the man in the accident and his loved ones.

Trenton Oliphant


Motorcycle Operator Safety

Training of Maine

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