Michael J. Lauria
Michael J. Lauria is a critical care/flight paramedic with DHART.
I was also an Air Force staff sergeant pararescue specialist who served in Iraq. “My job was to conduct combat search and rescue missions in support of various special operations objectives. One of the most important things I learned was to push myself to my limits and beyond. When you’re tired, there are adverse weather conditions, and it’s the middle of the night, the deck is stacked against you. However, when someone else’s life is on the line, those things cannot be a barrier to mission completion. You have to place the patient before your personal comforts and desires. At DHART, we go out to scene requests and small hospitals all over Vermont and New Hampshire. We are called to provide medical care and to transport some of the most critically ill and injured people in the region to major tertiary care centers. I learned from my military service the enduring strength of a capable team. In combat, you rely on your teammates to accomplish the mission. The same is true at DHART. Luckily, I have the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented group of pilots, paramedics, nurses and EMTs. I couldn’t ask for better teammates. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, never underestimate the power of the human spirit.”
Above: Michael Lauria conducted combat search and rescue missions as an Air Force pararescue man in in Iraq.