Jessen joined Air Evac Lifeteam in 2004, and has flown for the McMinn County base since its opening.
Jessen served his country for 24 years in the United States Coast Guard.
“I retired after 20 years and flew for another air medical service company in Texas,” he said. “I went back to the Coast Guard and served for another four years.”
After retiring for the second time, Jessen knew he wanted to fly for another air medical service, and found Air Evac Lifeteam.
“I have fun every day I’m at work,” he said. “And I like serving the patients we fly.”
Jessen and his wife, Sandi, have three children: daughters Sarah and Casey, and a son, Taylor.
Air Evac Lifeteam, an air medical service, provides rapid access to definitive health care for those who live in medically underserved areas. Flight crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the scene of an emergency, or provide transportation between medical facilities.
Air Evac Lifeteam currently operates 113 bases in 15 states.