photo: Stephanie Rowatt
AERO METHOW RESCUE SERVICE VOLUNTEERS
AERO METHOW RESCUE STAFF
More than 15 years of service
Shaughn Maxwell, Paramedic
Meg Trebon, EMT
Brian McAuliffe, EMT, CPR/First Aid Instructor
Roy Reiber, AEMT, Retired
Bill Stanforth, EMT, Retired
Carolyn Groninger, EMT, Retired
More than 10 years
Stephanie Rowatt, EMT-IV
Nina Ravenstein, EMT-IV
Ken Doran, EMT
More than 5 years
Josh Cole, EMT
Kathleen Calvin, EMT
CB Thomas, EMT
Chuck Timchalk, EMT-IV
Meghan Sullivan, EMT
5 years or less
Wyatt Southworth, EMT
Dan Leininger, EMT
Nick Monro, EMT
Scott Sylvester, EMT
Bethany Fast, EMT
Lotty Ekblad, EMT
Michael Taylor, EMT
Michelle Shaffer, EMR
Joe Talbert, EMT
Eors Markos, EMT
Jen Schumacher, EMT
Craig Howard, EMR
Eric Kennedy, EMT
Shane Taylor, EMT
Teddi Hamel, EMT
Ian Ross, EMT
Cindy Button, Director of Services, Paramedic
Cindy is the daughter of the late Dr. William Henry, physician in the Methow Valley from 1960-1990 and founder of Aero Methow Rescue Service. Cindy started working at the Twisp Medical Center in the summer of 1970. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 and from the Paramedic Program at Tacoma Community College in 1980. She has been the Director of Services of Aero Methow Rescue Service since 1984.
Instructor qualifications: Senior EMS Instructor, American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Instructor, Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor (PHTLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor (ACLS) and a Pediatric Life Support Instructor (PALS).
Cindy is an active member of the following committees:
Washington State EMS Steering Committee
Washington State Prehospital Technical Advisory Committee –Vice Chair
Washington State Prehospital Emergency Preparedness Workgroup
Washington State Mobile Integrated Health Workgroup
North Central Region Emergency Care Council's Community Paramedicine Workgroup –Chair
Okanogan/North Douglas County EMS Council
Okanogan County Community Health Improvement
Washington Ambulance Association
Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant
Becky is responsible for “running the office”. Her duties and responsibilities include patient billing, accounting, volunteer schedules, record keeping, Privacy Officer and all the miscellaneous activities involved in daily office management. Becky was employed as a bookkeeper at Brook’s Mercantile from 1973 to 1984. She left that employment when the store was sold. She was employed by the Washington State Liquor Store from 1984 – 1988. In 1988 she delivered twin girls and stayed at home with them until 1994, when Aero Methow Rescue Service employed her as an Administrative Assistant.
Theresa Remsberg, Advanced EMT,
has been an active volunteer since 1999 and in November 2006 she was hired full time as an EMT and Injury Prevention and Community Education Specialist. Since her employment Theresa has become an Advanced EMT (AEMT) and Child Passenger Safety Technician. She is a member of Okanogan County Canine Search and Rescue Team with her dog Brandy. Theresa is an American Heart Association Instructor, SEI EMT Instructor, PHTLS Instructor, Secretary/Treasurer of the Okanogan/North Douglas County Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care and Prevention Council and a member of the Okanogan County Injury Prevention Council. Theresa is the contact for public First Aid/CPR/AED classes, Health Care Provider Basic Life Support classes, CPR Anytime, Bike and Pedestrian Safety, Senior Citizen Injury Prevention and assistance with online classes requiring associated skills checks.
Barb Preston, Advanced EMT,
started volunteering for Aero Methow in 2002 as a First Responder. She became an EMT in 2003, an Advanced EMT (AEMT) in 2007, and was hired to the Aero Methow staff part-time in January 2008. Barb is an AHA CPR and First Aid Instructor, and a PHTLS Instructor. She coordinated the fund-raising efforts to acquire an Ambulance and build a garage for the Mazama response area. Barb maintains the donor database and website. "I do this job because I really enjoy taking care of people. The staff and volunteers are an amazing and dedicated group of people."
Byron Braden, Advanced EMT,
came to Aero Methow after a 25-year career as a Seattle Firefighter as well as several years as a teacher and coach in Seattle-area schools. He began volunteering with Aero Methow in 2008 as an EMT and was certified as an Advanced EMT in 2010. Byron is an American Heart Association Instructor and a Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Instructor. He was hired as a part-time employee in August, 2011, and serves as Aero Methow's Fleet Manager. Byron lives in Carlton with his wife, Wendy Braden; they have been married for 39 years and are the parents of two adult daughters. Byron says that working with Aero Methow is “one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever done”.
Kurt Oakley, Advanced EMT Having joined Aero Methow as a volunteer in 2008, Kurt was hired in January 2013 as part time Advanced EMT. He began his career in Emergency Services in Colorado having been a Firefighter/EMT for the Vail Fire Dept. Kurt is a AHA CPR/ First Aid Instructor, EMT Evaluator, Swiftwater Rescue Technician and is on the Search and Rescue High Angle Team. He is also the Patrol Director for the Loup Loup Ski Patrol. He and his wife Melinda moved to the Methow Valley in 1997. They own and operate Morning Glory Balloon Tours. Kurt enjoys working with Aero Methow for the same reason he enjoys ballooning, “It’s not an ordinary job”
Russell White, Paramedic
Russ started as a volunteer FireFighter/First Responder in 1977 with Shoreline Fire Dept., became an EMT in 1979 and started as a career FireFighter in 1981. He started Paramedic training at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in 1995. Russ retired from Shoreline Fire Dept. in 2014 and started working for Aero Methow in June of 2014. Russ has been hunting and fishing in the valley since he was 7 years old. He's been a part time resident since 2003 and now is very happy being a full time resident.
Ruth Payne, Advanced EMT
, Ruth started volunteering with AMRS in October of 2011 after taking an EMT training course earlier that same year. Ruth volunteered until January of 2014 when she was hired on as a part time employee. With a background in the medical field as a Medical Laboratory Technician she continued her EMS training and became IV certified in the spring of 2013. In February of 2014 she started the Advanced EMT (AEMT) course and took her final exam October 2014. She is active in Search and Rescue and became an AHA CPR/First Aid instructor in the spring of 2014.
Bryson Williams, Paramedic
, Bryson is a paramedic from Spokane having recently relocated to the Methow Valley to join Aero Methow Rescue Service. Bryson ‘fell’ into EMS following a climbing accident on Mt. Stuart in 2012. He has been involved in EMS in various capacities over the years. Bryson started his EMS career as a volunteer for Deer Park Ambulance and Airway Heights Fire Dept. He worked as an EMT-B with American Medical Response until graduating from Inland Northwest Health Services Paramedic Program in 2016. Bryson has worked as a Paramedic with AMR Spokane and as a set medic for various TV and film productions around the Inland Northwest. Bryson has previously worked as a climbing guide on Mt. Rainier. He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of Spokane Fire Department’s ‘Citizens Life Saving Award.’ Bryson is drawn to the cognitive challenges of pre-hospital emergency medicine. He is excited to combine his passions for EMS and outdoor pursuits in the Methow Valley.
Autumn Leeman, EMT
, Autumn is originally from the Skykomish Valley where her family has been for many generations. She started as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in 2000 with Snohomish County Fire District #28 in Index and Snohomish County Fire District #26 in Goldbar. She was a swift water rescue and technical rope rescue team member both those fire districts. After having her second daughter she became a full time domestic engineer. Her husbands job as a Helicopter pilot took their family of four to many western states to live and play. in 2013 they moved back to Washington state and landed here in the beautiful Methow Valley, where she now get’s to work with an exciting and fun group of people!
Benjamin Ruckman, Paramedic
, Ben was first introduced to EMS via Everett Community College’s EMT program in 2006. Ben Volunteered with Camano Island Fire and Rescue. Shortly after becoming a volunteer he became a Part time Firefighter/EMT until 2010. During 2007 2010 he was part of Snohomish County Search and Rescue. In 2010 Ben moved to Wenatchee. After a few years of working as an EMT in the Wenatchee area Ben enrolled at CWU Paramedic program. He was hired right out of Medic school to work up in Omak for Lifeline and in November 2017 was hired full time for AMRS. Ben enjoys the full spectrum of care he is able to provide & the challenges that come with longer than normal transport times. “I have found this community to be a hidden gem in the cascades”.
Part Time Paramedics:
Tom Smith, Justin Porter, Dave Reynolds