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hen a fatal tornado ripped through the east side
of Van, Texas, on the evening of May 11, 2015,
Champion EMS was quickly on the scene, offering critical
aid to those in need amidst the widespread destruction of
schools, homes and businesses. Good Shepherd Health
System proudly salutes the efforts of Champion EMS for
its heroic efforts in aiding the victims of that tragic event.
As the official 911 emergency services provider for Van,
Champion’s Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) Leader, Mike
Davis, acted immediately when the tornado struck. He
established Command and Triage locations, along with
other emergency services, at the First Baptist Church,
located at the center of Van. The Champion EMS Regional
Manager on duty that night, Brian Wilkinson, remained
in constant contact with Davis and the Champion EMS
Communications Center, coordinating efforts.
Over 30 Champion EMS emergency responders and a total
of 12 of its ambulances were dispatched to the disaster
scene from Canton, Henderson, Kilgore, Emory, Wills Point,
Grand Saline, Edom, Lindale, North Gregg and Daingerfield.
Plus, numerous off-duty Champion EMS employees
volunteered and aided triage efforts, in conjunction
with Van Fire Department volunteers, law enforcement
officers and responders from Van Zandt County Sheriff’s
Department and Emergency Management.
Tornado victims were either picked up at the scene or
were taken to the triage area, where their injuries were
assessed and treatment initiated. More than 30 injured
people were transported to Tyler hospitals, primarily via
Champion EMS ambulances, and two Van citizens died
as a result of the storm.
“We are very proud of our Champion team,” said
Steve Altmiller, President and CEO of Good Shepherd
Health System. “They responded quickly, coordinated
state resources and came in on their time off. They
demonstrated great care and compassion on a day
the folks in Van really needed it. What a great effort
by a great team of professionals.”
Champion EMS provides emergency medical service
across a 12-county region in East Texas, including
Van, and is partnered with Good Shepherd Health
System in Longview and Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.
When Disaster Strikes
Champion EMS is Ready
“They responded quickly,
coordinated state resources
and came in on their time off.”
Photos courtesy of Champion EMS.
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