Evangeline Downs Honors Acadian Ambulance Medics

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Racetrack and casino present plaques to four medics who saved one of their employees.

Operations Coordinator Beau Andrepont, EMT-B Sarah Dupre, EMT-P Hurley LeDay, Evangeline Downs Outrider Kenneth Gibson, EMT-P Haley Larcade, EMT-B Jackie Etienne, & Director of Operations Troy Guidry.

It’s an honor to see Kenny tonight. For him to be here to say thank you means so much.

Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino presented plaques to four Acadian Ambulance medics who saved one of their employees.

On August 3rd, Acadian Ambulance Paramedic Hurley LeDay and EMT-B Sarah Dupre were working standby for the night’s horse races when Outrider Kenneth Gibson suddenly slumped over on his horse and fell to the ground. LeDay rushed over and found him in cardiac arrest, and he and Dupre quickly began treating Gibson while a stunned audience watched from the grandstand. They were able to obtain a pulse, and Paramedic Haley Larcade and EMT-B Jackie Etienne sustained it while transporting him to a nearby hospital.

Steve Darbonne, Evangeline Downs’ director of racing operations, was so thankful to the medics that he insisted they be honored.

“We wanted to show them that we really appreciate them being here every night,” he said.

After the fourth race, Darbonne presented the medics with plaques. It was especially a touching moment for LeDay, who actually has been friends with Gibson for years and rides horses with him on the weekends.

“It’s an honor to see Kenny tonight,” said LeDay. “For him to be here to say thank you means so much.”

“They’re already dear friends,” said Gibson. “Lifesaving friends. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Gibson has made a full recovery and will be returning to work next week.

Acadian Ambulance is committed to their patients and their communities. They are an emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider to Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

Since 1971, Acadian has provided the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade, the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian’s six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.

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