Air Evac Lifeteam crew members honored flight nurse Yancy Caruthers of Alton with a flag presentation May 17 at the Air Evac base. Caruthers is an Army reserve chief flight nurse and will be leaving in the near future for Iraq. He is a member of the 325th Combat Support Hospital of Springfield. May 17 was his last day of work at Air Evac, but he said he plans to return in about a year. "My experience at Air Evac has been a real eye-opener," Caruthers said, adding that before being hired as a flight nurse in November 2006, he worked in the emergency room at Ozarks Medical Center. "Here, I've been able to see where the patient care starts," he said. From left are: pilot Jimmy Wingfield, Caruthers, program director Jack Bates, base pilot supervisor Scott Moody, flight nurse Rhonda Bugg, flight nurse Andrew Hall, flight paramedic Randy Vonallmen, clinical educator Lisa Kight and pilot Travis Durbin. Caruthers and his wife, Melody, have two daughters, Gabrielle, 8, and Tabitha 6. His oldest daughter, Amorie, 12, lives in West Plains. Caruthers has served in the Army Reserves for about 19 years. Melody is a teacher at Alton Elementary School.