LifeFlight’s Thomas Judge recognized for his longtime dedication to emergency medical services in Maine and beyond

Release Date: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

LifeFlight of Maine’s founding Executive Director, Thomas Judge, was recently recognized by Atlantic Partners EMS with a Hall of Fame award. The award honored Tom’s decades of service to the field of emergency medical services and the state of Maine.

In the formal presentation, APEMS began, “A practicing paramedic, Tom has volunteered for the St. George Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Association for more than 30 years. He is the former Board Chair of Maine EMS and has a wide background in the design and implementation of emergency medical care systems.”

The presentation also noted Tom’s involvement in EMS program development in the US, Canada, France, Japan, South Africa, the UK and the Czech Republic; his membership in the National Association of EMS Physicians and his service as faculty for the National Medical Directors Course and Practicum. In closing, APEMS cited Tom’s critical role in the creation of LifeFlight of Maine in 1998, and his continued efforts to build it into an internationally recognized hospital-based air ambulance service.

The APEMS Hall of Fame award recognizes a person who has made a substantial impact to EMS in Maine. Through his work and dedication, Tom has contributed to the statewide system development and continued process improvement at the state level.

Making the presentation were APEMS Executive Director Rick Petrie, APEMS Awards Committee Judy Gerrish, Tom Judge, APEMS Awards Committee Kelly Roderick and APEMS Awards Committee Jeremy Damren.

LifeFlight of Maine is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit air medical and critical care transport organization. LifeFlight brings lifesaving critical care staff and equipment directly to the patient by helicopter, airplane and ground ambulance. It also provides advanced emergency medical training to Maine’s hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS) and public safety agencies. Overseen by 25 physicians, LifeFlight cares for about 2,300 critically ill and injured patients each year. Since its inception in 1998, LifeFlight has transported more than 27,000 patients from every hospital and nearly all of Maine’s communities and islands.