Calhoun was accompanied by fellow Air Evac employee and Cadiz resident Mary Pruitt. Calhoun said that Cadiz was right in the center of Air Evac’s flight path. She said that the program was founded in 1985 to service rural areas, and would take members to any hospital they needed, including Hopkinsville, Louisville, Nashville or Paducah. The helicopter comes to the aid of any accident victim that needs their assistance, but flights for nonmembers can cost between $12,000 and $16,000. Memberships, though, are cheap in comparison, she said. A one-year membership for a one-member household is $50; a two-member household is $55, and a three-or-more-member household is $60. She also noted that anyone who has insurance from Trigg County Farm Bureau gets a $10 discount.
Calhoun said that if an Air Evac helicopter is called to the scene of an accident because of a 911 call, the victim is not billed if it turns out that the person doesn’t need a helicopter. She said that memberships are what keeps Air Evac in the area and available for all emergencies.
“We’ll pick up anyone, but the difference is whether you get a bill or not,” she said.
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