Santa Claus flew in to Sunrise Elementary School Wednesday morning Instead of a sleigh; he flew in by Care Flight helicopter while students stood by to witness this event.
Bullhead City Fire Department was on hand with an ambulance and fire trucks. Desert Lawn Funeral Services also provided a fire truck and ambulance full of gifts for the children. This event was organized by Randy Sierra, Western Arizona Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services Liaison, who personally arranged for Santa to attend.
As Santa is a beloved and jolly character, his arrival by Emergency Service transport was planned to help children become more familiar and comfortable with Emergency Services. Emergency rooms and Emergency Services often see spikes during the December holidays.
“The additional activities, combined with the stress of the holidays can be cause for a variety of emergencies,” said Dr. Frank Paul, Emergency Department Medical Director. “People may overindulge in rich meals and alcohol. There are the trip hazards of decorations and of course a lot of travel involved in the holidays, which can bring more accidents.”
Firefighters visited with children and Santa handed a gift to each child at the school. The bags of goodies were provided by WARMC, Care Flight, Bullhead Fire Department, Desert Lawn Funeral Services along with Dimond and Sons Funeral Home.
“We received just the reaction we were hoping for,” Sierra said while adjusting his beard. “The children were so excited and cheering when the fire trucks drove up and when Santa got out of the helicopter.
“We want them to have a trusting and positive feeling when they see or hear an emergency vehicle coming and I feel like we achieved that goal today. It was quite heartwarming,” he said.