Special to the Reporter

Steve Marksteiner, line pilot with Air Evac formerly based in Glen Rose and now based in Granbury, has been named Pilot of the Year for Air Evac Lifeteam's Texas region.

Marksteiner has been with Air Evac since 2007. His experience includes prior stints in EMS and law enforcement aviation.

Mark Fisher, Air Evac's regional director of flight operations, said Marksteiner received many nominations from crews this year.

Fisher cited some of the comments:

Hes a great role model. Goes above and beyond. Always gives us a pep talk at the crew briefing and keeps everyone smiling every day. Hes a local favorite with many of our customers and PR (public relations) groups.

This guy is all about positive attitude and professionalism. Great at PR events. Represents our company so well.

He strives to do whats best for the base. Maintains an excellent rapport with everyone.

This pilot displays consistency and reliability in his actions that the crew can take for granted whether its the way he handles a patient flight, a PR or even the way he listens during a post-flight debriefing. Hes shown a firm dedication to Air Evacs mission and vision. Hes even earned his EMT certification recently. I really like flying with him. Everyone else does too. Youre always in the loop and know well ahead of time what hes going to do.

Hes a thoroughly professional, well-trained and extremely intelligent individual with a calm, can-do attitude.

Air Evac maintained its regional base at Glen Rose Medical Center until last year when it moved to Lake Granbury Medical Center. It continues to serve Somervell County from there.