By Stuart Tomlinson,
A Portland truck dealership has donated its corporate jet — and its CEO to pilot the jet — to transport seven doctors and other health professionals from Oregon to Haiti this morning.
In a news release, Dave Schwanke, corporate marketing manager for TEC Equipment, Inc., said employees pledged and raised money for the cost of the round trip flight, which is estimated to use 4,000 gallons of jet fuel.
The team of doctors are from Medical Teams International, which already has crews on the ground in the earthquake-ravaged country.
TEC Equipment President and CEO Dave Thompson will pilot the small jet.
“We are very eager to assist Medical Teams International in their work to help the people of Haiti,” Thompson said. “Everyone at TEC Equipment wanted to go beyond simply donating money to Medical Teams International and their relief efforts. We feel our donation of jet transportation is invaluable to their work. The contribution from our employees has been overwhelming.”
Making the trip are doctors Marie Angele Theard, Steve Boyer and Bob Gibson; registered nurses Carol Caudle and Kris Repp; health logistics adviser Andrew Davidson; and an additional health specialist, plus one co-pilot.
The flight is scheduled to depart from Aurora airport at 8 a.m.
Source: THE OREGONIAN