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(Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune) A Life Flight helicopter sits on the helipad in front of the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Originally based at Salt Lake City's LDS Hospital, the emergency helicopter service, started in 1978, has transported nearly 63,00 patients in its 35 years. The service has expanded to serve the entire Intermountain West with seven helicopters, three airplanes and 248 employees. Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Intermountain Life Flight marks its 35th anniversary
First Published Aug 14 2013 05:41 pm • Last Updated Aug 19 2013 04:01 pm

Intermountain Life Flight is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its creation in 1978, when it became the seventh air transport service in the United States.

Then based at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, it began with helicopter flights. It now serves the Intermountain West with seven helicopters, three airplanes and 248 employees.

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It has provided nearly 63,000 patient transports and is the only civilian program in the nation that is able to perform hoist rescues, according to a news release.

Life Flight reunited team members and former patients on Wednesday at its helipad at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

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