Archive for November, 2017

Trey Auld III – Pafford Flight Paramedic

September 9, 1991 – November 19, 2017

A public Celebration of Life for Trey Auld will begin at 6PM at the Krewe of Centaur Den, 351 Aero Drive, in Shreveport on Friday, Dec. 1st. The celebration will continue with a Home Going service at Shreveport Community Church, 5720 Buncombe Road at 10AM, Saturday, Dec. 2nd. The family invites everyone to visit at a coffee reception beginning at 8AM at church. Last call ceremony and Internment will follow the service in Belmont, Louisiana, parking at Union Baptist Church with a Second Line Procession to the Belmont Cemetery, followed by a Repast Celebration on the grounds of the Salter Family home, 2 miles from the Cemetery in Belmont. On Sunday Dec 3rd after church, the family welcomes anyone to conclude Trey’s Celebration with more Trey Tales at Marilyn’s Place in Shreveport.

“Legacies are not the result of wishful thinking. They are the result of determined doing. The legacy you leave is the life you lead. We live our lives daily. We leave our legacy daily…”
Author unknown- found written in Trey’s notebook

In just 26 years, 2 months, and 10 days, John Wesley Auld III built an epic life of service, love, and laughter. His profound legacy will live on and flourish in the many lives Trey continues to touch.

Trey came here to change the world on September 9, 1991, seeming to pack at least 150 years into his 26. Sunday evening, November 19, 2017, Trey slipped the surly bonds of this world, along with two of his heroes, Mike Bollen and Jim Sprueill, serving aboard the Pafford Air One Bravo medical helicopter in Lodge Corner, Arkansas. Trey strived to be “the best part of someone’s worst day” for most of his life and felt especially privileged to be living his childhood dream he had planned since the age of 3.

Growing up, Trey’s favorite places were Natchez and Belmont with his precious grandparents, siblings, and cousins. Preschooler Trey, rarely seen without his fire hat and rubber boots, spent his days putting out fires his Papaw built repeatedly just for him. Trey was involved in Summer Grove Methodist Church Children’s Ministry, Grace Methodist Church Youth Group, 4-H, Boy Scouts, and the Red River Children’s Choir where he sang in 14 different languages and performed throughout the US.

Trey and his constant wingman, brother Tyler were longtime member of the Shreveport Opera Chorus, performing in several professional productions. At age 15, Trey moved to Los Angeles and was under the management of The Young Performers’ Studio. This led to the brothers’ creation of their company Wesley Brothers’ Entertainment. Together they made many friends on film locations and amassed many memories. Trey was also a casting associate with Bam Casting.

Returning permanently to his beloved Louisiana, Trey joined his dear friend, Pastor Sione Tu’uta, in creating Cool Guys On a Mission, running a food pantry for the homeless as part of the Pool of Siloam Medical Ministry, where he served on the Board of Directors in recent years. Trey traveled to various parts of the world on mission trips. Locally, he volunteered to be an assistant to the Pool of Siloam Director Terri Strain during Hurricanes Gustov and Ike. It was under her leadership that he realized his true calling which lead to a career in pre-hospital emergency medicine. While studying to become an EMT, he volunteered at Caddo Fire District 6, eventually becoming a full time EMT/fireman there. Later Trey served several other Fire/EMS departments in Northwest Louisiana, most recently as part of Bossier Parish Fire District 1.

Trey was a consummate EMS professional and worked diligently to earn many prestigious, advanced certifications as evidence of the deep commitment to his profession. Trey was a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) and had also obtained the designation of critical care paramedic (CCEMTP). He was licensed in three states: Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. He was a board certified critical care paramedic (CCP-C). Finally, he had traveled to Baltimore (UMBC) to become a certified pediatric/neonatal critical care transport provider (PNCCT). In the last ten years, less than 400 providers in the world have been able to achieve this certification. He contributed to his profession in meaningful ways whether it be mentoring, teaching, or his humor that was enjoyed by all.

Through his work in Emergency Services, Trey made friends who became family. At the invitation of one of his EMS brothers, he joined the mighty Krewe of Centaur in 2015, finally able to merge his love of community service with his love of celebrating all things Louisiana. Trey was devoted to shining the best possible light on Shreveport/Bossier and was committed to improving his city. The highlight of his life was his August coronation as part of the 2018 Krewe of Centaur Royalty. There was no more appropriate title for Trey than the Duke of Fun. At the time of his passing, he was truly living the dream in every aspect of his life.

Trey is the beloved son of John and Kimberly Salter Auld of Shreveport, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi. He is the real-life hero of big sister Tiffany Adair Short, and his ultimate wingman, brother Tyler Zane Auld. Tiffany’s husband Roy Travis Short, and their children,Parker Hayes Adair, Spencer, Levi, Noah Wesley, and Easton Travis Short also survive Trey.Trey’s beloved family includes his grandmother, Marjorie Salter, along with his aunts and uncles, Sharon Salter Brock, Jayla Remidez, Chris and Eva Salter, Bradley and Bobbie Jo Salter, Freddie Lee, Pete and Jesse Terrell, and Matt Brock, his beloved aunt, Ms. Johnnie Mae Johnson, his Godmother Debbie Russell Gunter, his Godfather Mike Gunter, his special cousins, Chance, Kyle, Dena, Cade, Cohen, Caleb, and Kaylen Salter, Karly Brock, and William Valentine.
His legendary Urban Family and his adored Duchess of Fun Toni Gardiner aspire to continue his good work and shenanigans.

James Lawson “Jim” Spruiell – Pafford EMS Flight Nurse

James Lawson “Jim” Spruiell, age 61 of Sulligent, AL passed away Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 in DeWitt, Arkansas.

Jim was born on June 26th, 1956 in Vernon, Alabama to Wilson Spruiell and Catherine Richards Spruiell. Jim attended Sulligent High School where he was a 1974 graduate. After graduating high school, he attended school at the University of North Alabama in Florence. During this time he achieved his Emergency Medical Technician Certification and later furthered his education and acquired his Paramedic License. His medical career began at Hellen Keller Hospital in Tuscumbia, AL. In 1984, he returned home to manage the family business the Sulligent Quick Freeze after the death of his father, Wilson. The Quick Freeze continued to flourish under his leadership and was one of the few local processing plants left. While managing a thriving business, Jim also spent many hours working as a volunteer for the North Lamar Rescue Squad where his love for emergency medicine continued to grow. Jim’s passion led him to pursue a full-time career in emergency medicine. Jim has worked within the North Mississippi Medical Center group for the past 25 years and 23 of those years serving in the aeromedical section, Care Flight. In 2000, he earned his Associate’s Degree in Registered Nursing and transitioned into the role of flight nurse. He was promoted to chief flight nurse in 2015 where he quickly excelled in the role that many have stated was his calling. Education was always a vital part of his professional life where he shared his knowledge and passion to others while acquiring many professional accreditations. Jim was also a national instructor and was known as an icon in the Emergency Medical Services community, but also as a renowned teacher. Jim had a passion to ensure that anyone in emergency medicine was trained to the best of their ability in order to give the care needed. He traveled all over the nation to educate the emergency medicine community ranging from EMR’s to Registered Nurses, as well as educate himself with any classes to help better prepare him and his colleagues.

Jim was also a member of the Freemasons. He was a 2nd degree black belt that was highly decorated in the sport. Jim enjoyed riding motorcycles from a very young age especially the last two years as Lisa had surprised him with a Harley Davidson Sportster. Of all things Jim was a loving Husband, Father, Poppa, Brother, Friend and Colleague. Everything he did in his life was for his family.

Jim Spruiell- Certified Flight Nurse, NREMT-P, CFRN, CTRN, CPEN, CEN, FP-C, CCEMT-P, PNCCT

Michael Todd Bollen – Air Methods Pilot (Pafford)

Michael Todd Bollen, 46, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Nov. 19, 2017. He was born Nov. 17, 1971 to Allen Bollen and Sandy (Chamness) Bollen.

Mike lived a life of service to others, proudly serving over 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. He began his military service as a light armored vehicle mechanic in the United States Marine Corp, and culminated his career as a United States Army AH-64 Attack Helicopter Master Aviator, Certified Maintenance Test Flight Examiner, and Instructor Pilot. During his time as an attack helicopter pilot he deployed four times in support of combat operations in Southwest Asia; three deployments in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and his final deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield, targeted against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. He concluded his military career at Fort Bliss, Texas retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in June 2014. Mike’s military awards and honors include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, six Air Medals including an Air Medal with Valor, Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal/Global War on Terrorism Service, USMC Good Conduct Medal, Master Aviator Badge, and the Order of St. Michael Bronze Award.

After retirement from the military Mike continued to serve his community by providing his skills as a pilot to the Emergency Medical Services field. Mike began his second flying career as a line pilot with AirEvac Lifeteam in Batesville, Miss. before joining the Pafford Air One team. Mike was the Lead Pilot and a Pilot in Command for Pafford Air One Bravo based in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Mike enjoyed spending time outdoors with his son, and also volunteered his time to lead the Arrow of Light Den for Cub Scout Pack 10.

The only thing Mike loved more than flying, was his wife Jamie and his son Jack. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend.

Survivors include his loving wife of 16 years, Jamie Bollen; son, Jack Bollen; parents Sandy Bollen of Bryant and Allen Bollen of Malvern; sister, Anisa Bollen of Little Elm, Texas; father and mother-in-law James and Susan Nixon of Bismarck; brother-in-law Jeremy Nixon of Hot Springs; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.