What goes around…
Middleton man in charge of helipad construction airlifted from site 18 years later
When 81- year- old Ron Brown was fighting for his life aboard a LifeFlight helicopter in the wee hours of Sept. 15, all he could think about was the time Middleton Police Chief Ken Cook made a presentation to the Lions Club asking if they would help build a helipad at Soldiers Memorial Hospital.
All the service clubs in the area were willing to help, but it was the Lions who led the project and Brown was the guy in charge with local surveyor Derik DeWolfe, the eventual on- site supervisor.
“Pretty soon the doctor came out and said, ‘you’re going to Halifax and you’re going to fly.’”
— Ron Brown
Police, fire, EHS, and the local MLA’s office had formed a committee and went out to local service groups. The Lions put Brown’s name forward and he became chairman of the committee to build the helipad.
“We looked at it at the time as a two- hour trip to Halifax by ambulance as opposed to 26 minutes in the air,” said Brown. “That was quite a selling feature.”
The community jumped in with both feet, saving many lives over the years – including Brown’s.
“On September the 15th of 2018 I had a heart attack and called 911 and the ambulance came here, did some work on me, picked me up and took me to the Soldiers Memorial Hospital,” Brown said during an interview at his home. “And pretty soon the doctor came out and said, ‘ you’re going to Halifax and you’re going to fly.’ So I got to use my helicopter pad.”
Ron Brown holds photos of a helicopter on the helipad at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton. The photos were part of a package during the official opening of the helipad on Oct. 22, 2000. Brown was in charge of building the pad and 18 years later it saved his life.