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10-21-2004 04:39 AM  13 years agoPost 1
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004


THE THREE MEN ABOARD THE B0105 AIRHEART ONE HELICOPTER HAD LONG SERVICE RECORDS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD.

A PILOT, A NURSE AND A PARAMEDIC WERE ON A MISSION TO SAVE A LIFE WHEN A TRAGIC TWIST OF FATE TOOK THE LIVES OF THE CREW.

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL OPERARATES TWO AIR MEDICAL HELICOPTERS.

THE CREW LEFT THEIR WALTON COUNTY SUB STATION AT 12:41 IN THE MORNING WEDNESDAY, THEY WERE ENROUTE TO HEALTH MARK REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN DEFUNIAK SPRINGS TO PICK UP A CRITICALLY ILL PATIENT, AT 12:45AM THE CREW ABORTED THE MISSION BECAUSE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER. THAT WAS THE LAST TIME ANYONE HEARD FROM THE FLIGHT CREW .

RESCUE TEAMS BEGAN SEARCHING FOR THE CREW AT DAYBREAK. AT 8:30 AM, DEBRIS WAS LOCATED IN THE 9 FOOT CALM WATERS OF CHOCHTOHATCHEE BAY OKOLOOSA COUNTY DIVE TEAMS QUICKLY RECOVERED THE BODIES OF TWO OF THE MEN IN THE WRECKAGE.

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE TRAGIC LOSS OF THREE WELL RESPECTED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

CO-WORKER, ROGER PHILLIPS SAID THAT HE FELT A TREMENDOUS SENSE OF LOSS AND COMMENTED THAT THIS JOB INVOLVES A CALCULATED RISK AND THAT THESE BRAVE MEN RISKED THEIR LIVES IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE ANOTHER.

AS OF 6 P.M. CENTRAL TIME SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS WERE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE THIRD VICTIM. THE NAMES AND IDENTITIES OF THE MEN HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.

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