“Education is not the learning of facts. It’s rather the training of the mind to think.”

– Albert Einstein


“Heavy lies the crown” is a common misquote of “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2. It refers to the responsibility and insecurity of governing an entire kingdom. Likewise, “heavy lies the helmet” refers to the responsibility we face as critical care transport providers working in an autonomous and often unpredictable environment. Our minds are eased with education that better prepares us for any situation that we may encounter. That is exactly what Heavy Lies the Helmet provides.

Founded by two brothers, Heavy Lies the Helmet is comprised of industry leaders working in the fields of pre-hospital critical care and search and rescue. We are an accredited podcast, blog, and conference that openly discusses the world of resuscitation and aviation. We highlight caring for critically ill and injured patients in addition to the controversies surrounding their management. Though tailored to the transport environment, our information is applicable to any intra-hospital discipline working in an emergency and/or intensive care setting. We utilize the most recent evidence to provide applicable and accurate education that can assist in improving individual clinical practice and overall program operations.

We offer continuing education units to any listener and/or reader interested in obtaining credit for their progressive learning experience. For more information, please visit our Continuing Education page.


The Heavy Lies the Helmet podcast is available for listening on all major platforms including, but not limited to, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.


Mike is an active Flight Nurse and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC. He has over 12 years of diverse clinical experience with a heavy focus on multi-disciplinary critical care including neurosurgical and cardiovascular specialty areas. Mike has presented multiple times on the national level including collaborations with AAMS, ASTNA, ECHO, and more. He is a strong advocate for staff-driven initiatives, earned autonomy, and mentorship as an AAMS’ Critical Care Transport Academy instructor. Mike’s special interests include tactile and creative approaches to the learning experience.


Bryan Boone, BSN, RN, CFRN, CEN, NREMT

Bryan is a former Flight Nurse, active ED Director, and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC. He has over 18 years of extensive nursing experience that includes intensive care, emergency care, and high level leadership. In addition to critical care transport, Bryan is Director of a suburban/urban emergency department. He is well versed in unit operations/administration and has presented multiple times on the national level including collaborations with AAMS, ASTNA, ECHO, and more. Bryan’s special interests include cross-program collaboration and research.  He is also fluent in American Sign Language.



Dan is an active Flight Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati Air Care, a nocturnal Intensivist at a regional referral hospital, and Heavy Lies the Helmet’s Medical Director. He has over 30 years of experience in fire-based EMS; retiring as a career Shift Commander in 2014. Dan has presented on the national level at CCMTC, AMTC, ECHO, etc. He has special interests in high acuity critical care, ECMO, acid/base balance, and simulation learning, believes that checklists are critical in the execution of high risk procedures, and life-long learning is the only path to mastery.


Chris Sharpe, EMT-P, CFI

Chris is Heavy Lies the Helmet’s Chief Safety Officer (CSO) and was the recipient of the HAI 2019 Salute to Excellence Safety Award. His experience includes active SAR work as Founder and Chief Aircrewman at Black Wolf Helicopter Operations. Chris has been flying for over 32 years; having over 16,000 flying hours and 6,000 rescue operations to his credit. He is a safety and survival expert, teaching survival techniques to both civilian and military helicopter crews in Guatemala and the USA and authoring multiple publications on the subject. Chris is a regular contributor in AirMed&Rescue magazine and has provided medical support for multiple National Geographic expeditions and NGO Humanitarian and Rescue operations.


john_headshotJohn Prochniak, MA, NRP, FP-C

John is an active Flight Medic and Contributor for Heavy Lies the Helmet who has his Masters in Public Service. He has air and land based emergency service and response experience including 11 years in law enforcement, more than 20 years in fire/EMS, and nearly 15 years in emergency management. John’s flight experience includes all aspects of public safety including SAR as well as the management of a Part 133/135/137/141 aviation corporation. John is a self-proclaimed “aviation nerd” but has a particular interest in human factors as they relate to aviation.


Nick Zuber, MA, NRP, FP-C

Nick is an active Critical Care Transport and Retrieval Medic and Contributor for Heavy Lies the Helmet who has his Masters in Emergency & Disaster Management. He is projected to complete his Doctorate soon. He has over 20 years of 911 emergency response experience including tactical, remote and austere environments. He also has experience with prolonged field care while being deployed over seas. His special interests include root cause analysis and system models.






Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed on the Heavy Lies the Helmet website, podcast and blog are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of their employers and their employees. Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC is not responsible for the accuracy of any information available for listening or reading on this site. The primary purpose of this platform is to educate and inform, but it is not a substitute for your local laws, medical direction, or sound judgment.