What a tragedy to lose three bright, talented, and caring young people. I have two relatives who work at UW Health, and not only are friends and employees there affected by this, we are at Gunderson Lutheran in LaCrosse, also. Condolences to all the family members and employees of UW Health.
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and colleagues of the three men of the Med Flight crew. Although I did not personally know Dr. Bean or Nurse Coyne I have known Steve since grade school, as he was a classmate and friend of mine. I also had several opportunities in the field to see him as the pilot when we had need for Med Flight for transport from a scene. After a tragedy like this, it makes one realize how precious life is. These men knew this and did what it took to preserve it for many, many people. You are missed and God bless you.
Submitted by: Robert S., friend and colleague
I just want to express my condolences to all family and friends of the Med Flight. I cannot begin to comprehend the feelings of sadness and loss that you are feeling at this time. I'm a member of the Onalaska Fire Department that helped search for your loved ones from beginning to end. Believe me when I say that I too am hurting because of your loss. Although it's hard to explain, I won't soon forget the range of emotions that I went through on that fateful night. I only wish that we could have done more and brought them back to you. Please know that my brothers and I did all that we could do and we consider Darren, Steve and Mark brothers as well. That night, we lost one of our own, because bonds formed in peril cannot be broken. For the fallen would not want us to grieve, but celebrate their lives lived. They would not want us to feel pain and sorrow, but instead they would want us to move forward and remember the joy and happiness that they brought to our lives. To the fallen crew - although I did not know you, you were my brothers. I will never forget you. Until we meet again...Godspeed.
- Robert S.
Onalaska Fire Department
Submitted by: Dave
As a memebr of one of the departments that responded to the call for help, I wish to extend my condolences to the families for their loss. It is very tragic that this crew lost their lives doing something that is very important to the communities that we serve. The send-off of the crew from La Crosse back to Madison today was a very moving experience. It was nice to see all of the onlookers lining the route that was taken to the interstate. I noticed as we passed them a lot of them were crossing their hearts, which was a very fitting way to send these heroes back to Madison for their final arrangements. Once again, my condolences to the families and God bless.
Onalaska Fire Department
Submitted by: Amy Becker
Hello, I am a nurse at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital. I cannot express my sorrow enough for the Med Flight crew members who lost their lives helping others. They are true heroes in the eyes of many. My prayers are with you all. May God give you strength during this difficult time.
- Amy Becker, RN
Gundersen Lutheran Hospital
Submitted by: Charleen Menzel, colleague
Stacy, I'm so sorry to hear about Darren. I always loved working with you and Darren at CMC. You will be in my prayers.
Submitted by: Joseph Hummel, D.O.
On behalf of New Jersey's Gemstar Airmed program, please accept our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the Med Flight crew.
- Joseph Hummel
Gemstar Airmed, New Jersey
Submitted by: Lisa, colleague and friend
Dr. Darren Bean, your enthusiasm for the medical field and your zest for life were contagious to everyone around you. You always had a smile on your face and an abounding amount of energy. You made a tremendous impact in your short life here with us. You were an incredible man! I cannot believe that you are gone.
Submitted by: Jerry Collins, colleague
The last time I saw Darren was last Wednesday at our monthly STEMI committee meeting. It was classic Dr. Bean. He made sure, by going around the table, that everyone had an opportunity to comment or discuss problems. He listened. He didn't judge. He didn't criticize. He listened. And he looked for input from everyone to guarantee continued success. He conducted the meeting with a smile and a positive "can do" attitude. God, he will be missed!
Submitted by: Susan Torhorst, MD, colleague
To all of the family, friends, and coworkers of those individuals lost in this tragedy, please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. I cannot begin to comprehend the sorrow you must all be feeling. The dedication and love that these three men gave to this community is not to be superseded by anything. I have had the good fortune to work with Dr. Bean and Mark Coyne on a number of occasions and have always been most impressed with their knowledge, kindness, and spirit of selflessness. They will be incredibly missed by this entire community. God be with all of you as you struggle to understand and find peace.
Submitted by: Scott Dixon, colleague
As an employee of UWHC, I did get the chance to meet all three of these fine gentlemen. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Steve, Darren and Mark. Your absence is felt by all here at UW and we will always remember you and your thoughtfulness.
Submitted by: Terrianna Morgan
My heart and prayers go out to the families of the crash. Although I didn't know them personally, they were true patriots of the medical field.
Submitted by: Stephan Myers, area business owner
I would just like to offer my condolences to the families of these three heroic individuals who risked their lives to save ours on a daily basis. I had seen Med Flight in action just a few weeks ago just outside Lodi where they transported a seriously burned auto accident patient. I was in awe as the aircraft landed in a very small parking lot on a clear, but windy Sunday morning. I hope this tragedy will ensure all of the latest technologies are on board these helicopters in the future.
Submitted by: Ellen, colleague
The pride and dedication of the Med Flight program is impressive to anyone who has had any contact with them, no matter how small. May your memories of these three amazing individuals provide some comfort in the days ahead.
Submitted by: Joseph Balsitis
On 01-09-08 my wife, Mary, was flown from Janesville to Madison. Darren and Steve were both there that day. I was amazed to see them all work together to get Mary ready for her flight. Our families' prayers go out to them.
Submitted by: Deborah Daniel, UW Health colleague
My heart hurts for this terrible loss. Countless times I have heard the unmistakable sound of Med Flight landing, taking off, flying overhead, and each time I send them a wave and a silent thank you. Fly on brothers. Thanks for all you did. We'll miss you every day.
- Deborah Daniel
Dept. Assistant, Cardiopulmonary Transplant
Submitted by: Emily Dolan
I work in the health care field and strive one day to be as respected as these individuals! It breaks my heart that these three men who worked so hard to save the precious gift of life had to die this way! I really have so much respect for anyone who does Med Flight or EMS of any kind because they really see the worst of the worst and it is very sad that three prominent people in this community have lost their lives!
Submitted by: Ellie Golestanian, friend and colleague
Darren, Steve and Mark - you were the embodiment of compassionate professionalism. Darren, your dedication, enthusiasm and passion in the care you provided your patients and effort you put forth in improving their care was unsurpassed. You will be profoundly missed. I hope that your contributions as a leader and your selflessness as a physician will be honored in the "Darren Bean Chest Pain Center" in the near future and for the years to come.
Submitted by: Jody Neilson, friend and colleague
Mark was a great teacher and became a person that I consider a friend. I did not get a chance to see him the last several years but will miss greatly the smile and the stories. He loved what he did and was very good at it. His legacy will live on in the thousands of peoples lives that he has touched over the years. To his family, I want to say thank you for sharing him with all of us.
Submitted by: Chris Jaggi, Brodhead, Wis.
I was very saddened to learn of the UW Med Flight crash. On December 1, 1987 I was traumatically injured in a car accident and was flown by Med Flight from Monroe Clinic Hospital to UW Hospital where I spent the four and one-half months recovering from a head injury. I have no memory of my flight but before I left the hospital in April 1988, the Med Flight crew presented me with my own very special Med Flight T-shirt, which I still have to this day. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all the families. The UW Hospital has lost such a special part of their family.
Submitted by: Barbara Rayes
We send our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Bean, Mark Coyne, and Steve Lipperer. Peace.
- Barbara Rayes
Medical Interpreter Project at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Submitted by: Willacy County EMS
Our thoughts go out to all family, coworkers, and friends with deepest sympathy.
- Willacy County EMS,
Submitted by: Sue Rogers, colleague
The members of this Med Flight crew were a part of our UW "family." Their loss has left a big hole in our hearts. We are fortunate to have an exceptional staff of professionals at UW Hospital, but the folks who take on this line of work are the cream of the crop. To those of you that serve on the Med Flight team, thank you. Know that you do not mourn alone.
Submitted by: Alex Malone
Words can never do enough to comfort the families and loved ones of such everyday heroes. We simply wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- K. Alexander Malone, MD
On behalf of Mercy Air 7 (Las Vegas), 11 (Boulder City), and 21 (Pahrump) in Nevada
Submitted by: Anna Haemel, colleague
Darren Bean was a wonderful teacher, doctor, and person. He had a contagious energy and enthusiasm, and he could make me smile even when I was doing my 10th admission at 6:15 am. On my ER rotation, he spent a lot of time teaching me the practicalities of airway management and recommending articles and books he had found helpful. He took an interest in teaching that few can match and made a lasting impression on me and many other learners. It is so hard to believe he is gone, as I have such clear mental images of him in the ER doing what he loved. We will never forget him and send our sincerest condolences to his family and the families of the other members of the team.
Submitted by: Lynnie
This week has been especially difficult. I lost my only child a few years ago. He was 17 years old and drowned in the Mississippi in Harpers Ferry, Iowa. The anniversary of his passing was May 8. Then I heard of the Med Flight accident. (I am a nurse also ). My heart goes out to their families. My son passed away much too young. These men also were very young. We never know the "why" of something like this happening. By the wonderful things that I have read about these men, I guess that I have one wish and that's when they entered Heaven's gates, my son was there to meet them. They are heroes.
Submitted by: Mary A., friend and colleague
As this sad day continues, I take comfort in some of the last words I heard from Mark. I first met him in the PICU in 1984 and our paths have crossed many times since then. As we caught up yet again two weeks ago and I asked him how everything was he gave his characteristic grin and said, "I'm living the good life!" We parted with smiles and "take care." I believe Mark, Darren and Steve are in good hands now, and will be lovingly remembered by many.
I would like to express my sorrow at the loss of your flight crew. It is always tragic to lose such great professionals. I have met two of them on a few occasions and will miss chatting with them when I am dropping off patients at UW. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you all.
Eagle III Captain, Green Bay, Wis.