Employees Participate in Angel Flight Mission

Top Quote DynCorp International Employees Donate Time and Plane to Airlift Sick Boy to Miami Hospital. End Quote
  • Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) January 10, 2012 - DynCorp International employees John Leavitt and Eric Huppert recently airlifted a five-year-old boy from Brooksville, Fla., to Miami, Fla. for much-needed medical treatment.

    Israel Sosa III, of Chipley, Fla., suffers from Hennekam Syndrome, a lymphatic developmental disorder, which in Sosa's case causes glaucoma. Leavitt and Huppert transported Sosa to Miami just in time for required eye surgery.

    Good Samaritans in Flight
    In spirit of the holiday season, the Good Samaritan deed was facilitated through Angel Flight, an organization of volunteer pilots who provide their own aircraft and fuel to fly financially distressed people to medical facilities.

    Leavitt, a senior program manager, and Huppert, a senior operations manager, fully donated their time, flying expertise and personal plane. To transport Sosa and his grandmother, Bertha Johnson, Leavitt flew his J-35 Bonanza aircraft while Huppert acted as co-pilot.

    "We were worried the ride might be a little bumpy for him but about 30 minutes into the flight, we noticed that he fell asleep and remained asleep until we arrived at the Miami International Airport," said Leavitt of Sosa's in-flight experience.

    After the flight, Leavitt and Huppert escorted Israel and his grandmother into the Miami airport and arranged ground transportation to their final destination.

    Angel Flight
    Angel Flight is a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends. Angel Flight seeks to arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. This service is available to individuals and health care organizations who need transportation but are financially distressed, or are in a time-critical situation due to their medical condition.

    Angel Flight primarily serves patients needing transportation to or from the heartland region. By coordinating with other organizations, Angel Flight can arrange transportation for patients on longer flights to other parts of the country outside of the Heartland region. Angel Flight has also flown blood products for the Oklahoma Blood Institute and Red Cross in emergency situations. Patients are usually traveling for surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis, and other treatments. Angel Flight is a member of the Air Care Alliance, a group of organizations providing similar services throughout the United States.

    DynCorp International
    Follow DynCorp International on Twitter and visit its LinkedIn page to learn more about the company's connections with volunteer and humanitarian organizations helping veterans and families in need. Visit DynCorp International's Inside DI blog to learn more about the organization's community outreach efforts.

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