Steve Fuller reached a major milestone Sunday by being part of 3,000 patient flights for Covenant Medical Center’s Air Care team.

WATERLOO – On Sunday, Steve Fuller reached 3,000 patient flights after two and half decades as a flight paramedic with Covenant Medical Center’s Air Care team.

“It’s quite a milestone to reach in a flight career,” Fuller said. “I’ve stayed with the program since I was hired in 1991. I thoroughly enjoy coming to work and enjoy what I do. I like the challenge.”

Fellow flight paramedic Mark Mahler has been alongside Steve nearly every step of the way. “You can probably count on one hand the number of people in this state who have 3,000 flights. You’ve got to do the job for decades to get that far,” Mahler said.

In addition to volunteering for area community ambulance services, Steve likes to teach—whether it’s basic life support at Covenant Medical Center and Hawkeye Community College, advanced cardiac life support for Black Hawk County, or as an instructor trainer of fire and safety for NASCAR at the Iowa Speedway. Fuller also is a fire service instructor for Texas A&M for the last 12 years.

Steve Fuller was recognized with a plaque from fellow flight team members for his years of service and impressive number of patient flights.

“I have no desire to retire. I like what I do, I love what I do. I love coming here and doing this job.”

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