We are happy to announce that…we now have a doctor in the house. Not just A DOCTOR. We have THE DOCTOR!!!
He is a highly decorated US Army veteran having served in Vietnam as a combat physician working with MEDEVAC helicopter units. Last week has was awarded the Angels of the Battlefield honor.
To understand the significance of this development and to highlight the kind of care we’ll receive, here is an excerpt about him, taken from “Heroes Among Us: A Soldier’s Salute to Olympia Fields Doctor” by Vietnam Veteran Jerry Berry.
Most of the combat troops referred to Captain affectionately as “Doc” and revered him as a man of miracles in their day-to-day lives on the battlefield of Vietnam. For they knew that he would not hesitate to do anything he had to do to save a trooper’s life. If he had to bend the rules or break the rules, Doc was there to make sure that a wounded trooper survived. He demanded nothing less than perfection from his medics on line with the troops in the field. He had trained them well in life-saving techniques such as direct cardiac massage and had instilled in them the concept of how little time they might have to really make a difference in saving a life.
It was common for Doc to locate his sleeping bunk next to the medevac radios so that he could go out with the medevac helicopter if the injuries to a trooper were severe. His job as Battalion Surgeon certainly did not require him to do this, and he definitely didn’t go along just for the ride. It was his dedication and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, just because he felt that he might be able to do more at his level of expertise that could possibly save a few more critical seconds in treating a seriously wounded trooper. He had learned to start an IV, stop a bleeder, or wrap a sucking chest wound in a choppy helicopter at night under enemy attack. Doc felt that this was nothing spectacular that came with lots of practice. He was just doing his job.
He has been honored by the American Osteopathic Association as one of the “Great Pioneers of Osteopathic Medicine”.
He himself has run over 191 marathons and 192 ultras since 1983 and he will run in our race too. How? Here is his direct quote, “If none of my students can come with me, I can handle it myself since I have done that many times in the past. Just means that I will run less, and the world record for balding bearded psychiatrists with part time clinical appointments over age 80 will not be broken this time.”
When we messaged both Jon Olsen and Joe Fejes to gauge their interest in having this doctor around for their attempt at the AR 48-hour record they had this to say.
Jon Olsen…“Game changer. Excellent addition”
Joe Fejes…“LOVE LOVE LOVE”
How do they know? Because he is the longtime USA 24-Hour Team Physician!!! Now we’ll ALL feel like elite runners, in his hands.
Please welcome Dr. Andy Lovy to our crew and our race as the Official Medical Doctor of the Snowdrop Foundation #ULTRA55 Race and Relay.