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Med Flight Tribute Message Board
On May 10, 2008, a UW Hospital and Clinics Med Flight helicopter crashed near the La Crosse airport after transporting a patient to a La Crosse hospital. On board were emergency medicine physician Darren Bean, MD, flight nurse Mark Coyne, RN, and pilot Steve Lipperer.
Darren, Mark and Steve represented the very best in compassionate patient care and they will be deeply missed by all members of the UW Health family who knew and respected this courageous and committed Med Flight crew.
The following condolences and personal memories were submitted from May 11-June 20. Thank you to those who have shared your support for the UW Health community and the family and friends of the dedicated Med Flight crew members killed in the crash.
The families of our Med Flight crew have designed memorials in honor of the crew members. In cooperation with the families, we share this information for those interested in making a contribution: Memorial Funds for the Med Flight Crew
Tribute Message Board
Darren Bean, MD
Mark Coyne, RN
Steve Lipperer, pilot
Submitted by: Susan Pollack, MD
Just wanted to send my condolences, my thoughts and support not only for the three fine crew members, their families and friends, but also to all of you who worked with them as colleagues. We lost a flight crew here some years ago, and thus I wanted you to know that we here will think of you and send our support for both your grief and your healing. Here we are at the tertiary care level, but in circumstances before this I have once stood at the door of a small rural West Virginia hospital and once stood in the middle of a rural Pennsylvania field and both times blessed the helicopter crew coming to help. We will never forget them. Please take care of each other and know that we are with you in spirit.
- Susan Pollack, MD
University of Kentucky Children's Hospital
Submitted by: Sandy R.
Thank you to the crew and staff of Med Flight. I was transported to UW Hospital after crashing my motorcycle in 2005. Your staff was wonderful. They were reassuring and patient with me, and the nurse even came to visit with me while I was hospitalized. Without your dedication to your profession of helping others I would not be here to raise my two young sons, as well as to help others through my employment as a social worker. I always thank flight crews when I see them making public appearances, since I don't remember the crew who transported me. Thank you for all that you do.
- Sandy R.
Submitted by: John Siedschlag
It has been some time since the crash, but I miss seeing Steve land at our hospital. As the night maintenance/security person, I escort the crew to where they need to go. Steve was a wonderful pilot and easy to talk to. He and the entire crew will be missed by us at BDCH.
- John Siedschlag
Beaver Dam Community Hospital Maintenance/Security
Submitted by: Sara, UW Hospital and Clinics colleague
I have had the pain of loss of a husband and an 18-year-old daughter. I want you to know, as their families, that you are not forgotten in my prayers. I will always remember them when I hear the sound of a helicopter. You will survive this terrible loss and smile again. I am so sorry!
Submitted by: Michael Ellsworth, patient
May god see you through your time of despair.
Submitted by: John
Though I only knew Darren, it is very apparent that all three of these men were of the highest quality. Having grown up around Darren, there is no doubt that he continued to live by the principles that were a part of his life from the very beginning. My family's prayers are with all the loved ones of these three wonderful men. God Bless.
Submitted by: Nicholas, colleague and student
As a former student, my heartfelt prayers and sympathies go out to the family and friends of that crew. They're part of God's EMS crew now. God Bless.
Genetic Disease Researcher (Dallas)
Submitted by: Sheryl Kinyon
On behalf of the Cassville Rescue Squad, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the friends and families of the Med Flight crew. It is a tough job that they do up there. We commend all of the Med Flight crews for the tough job that they do. On behalf of the Cassville Rescue Squad, thank you.
- Sheryl Kinyon
Submitted by: Scott Driskill
Thank you for your dedication and service. You made a difference to a lot of people.
- Scott Driskill
New Holstein, Wisconsin
Submitted by: April Nolan, colleague and student
I'm so sorry. You will be missed.
Submitted by: Elizabeth Hartley-Pawloski
My condolences to all my former colleagues and the three families regarding the loss of your Med Flight crew. I remember the ED staff worked together as a family. To lose three family members at once must be incredibly painful. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Elizabeth Hartley-Pawloski
San Jose, California
Submitted by: Dianne Mayr, RN, BSN, EMT
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mark Coyne and Dr. Bean through the years when they would come to pick up critical patients from my small-town hospital. Also, Mark taught me ACLS throughout the years. I remember the very first class after I ran the mega code. He asked me how close I lived to UW Hospital, trying to get me to come work at the UW. He always had a smile on his face and never forgot a person's face or name and never was too busy to answer a question. It saddens my heart and I offer my condolences that we had to lose these great people.
- Dianne Mayr
Former UW Hospital RN, Brook's Ambulance Service employee
Submitted by: Amy Curcio, colleague
What can you do in this time of sorrow, but cry and give the family your condolences? What can you do in this time of grief, but remember the good time you had with these three courageous men? What can you offer their families in this time of sadness, but hold your head up tall and be proud and honored that you knew these three brave men and share story after story? What can you do in this time of loss, except dedicate our lives to our work in caring and healing and continue with our dreams? What can we do in this time of pain but remember that the pain is only temporary and the memories last a lifetime? And now with only my dreams and inspirations to give back to Darren, Mark, and Steve, I open my arms wide open to the skies and thank them for all they have taught me and all the fond memories that I can cherish throughout life. It has been such a wonderful experience to have been a coworker of these three brave men, though their time with us was way too short. So with this all said, the only thing that I have to give back is my dedication and love for my job. I know they would all be proud and want me to move on in my nursing career, so at this time I would like to dedicate my EMT-I certificate that I received on 5/16/08 to these three brave, courageous heroes and coworkers of the UW Med Flight crew. This is what I have to give back to them and the one thing that I can have great memories of to learn in my future to become one of the best flight nurses that I can be. I can only hope that I have half as much dedication, caring and compassion as each one of these men did to put towards my career and life long dreams. Thank you, once again, Dr. Bean, Mark, and Steve. I appreciate all that you have done for me and others. I will always remember you. In loving memory and may you rest in peace.
- Amy Curcio
UW Emergency Room NA
Submitted by: Edward Claassen, patient
At this great time of grief, I would like to thank all the staff of the UW Med Flight services. I would not be here today if you guys had not saved my life three and one-half years ago when I was in a serious car crash. To all the families who lost loved ones - these people are in a much better place now.
- Edward Claassen
Submitted by: Marilyn (from Madison)
These men gave their lives to help others. We all mourn their untimely loss.
Submitted by: Randy Kunkel, frequent patient
I have had many surgeries at UW. What a wonderful group of doctors, nurses, techs, meal preparers and janitorial proffessionals. As I lay in my hospital bed, I frequently heard the UW helicopters come and go. I always said a prayer that somebody's life had just changed forever! I send my prayers and blessings to these wonderful caregivers, and love to the families and friends. God bless all at UW!
- Randy Kunkel
Submitted by: Delores Burrington
I worked in the laboratory of Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in the '80s and took a lot of calls with that position. Although I did not know this crew, I can't help but remind everyone of the many times UW Med Flight helped numerous people in that rural community whether it was taking them to LaCrosse or Madison hospitals. That job is tailor-made for the people who do it over and over again. Thank you and condolences to all the families and the UW family.
Submitted by: Jennifer Schrimpf, friend and colleague
I am very sorry to hear of the loss. I knew most of the crew very well. My heart goes out to all of the employees for Med Flight and the families of the crew.
- Jennifer Schrimpf
West Columbia, South Carolina
Submitted by: John Erickson, CRNA, colleague
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and relatives of the three men. As a fellow aviator and health care worker, I know that they loved what they were doing, and I thank them for their selfless service to others. It is indeed tragic that their lives have ended so soon. May the strength and peace of God be with them, their families and friends.
- John Erickson
Gundersen Lutheran Anesthesia Department
Submitted by: Ann E. Van Atta
I was shocked when I learned the Med Flight Crew was missing and then profoundly saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of your three beloved colleagues, friends and family. I am sure they will forever be an inspiration to all who knew them and the many patients and families whose lives they touched. Reach out to each other in these difficult days ahead as you move forward to continue their mission. Blessings to you all.
- Ann E. Van Atta
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Submitted by: Colleen McKee
I wish to extend my condolences to the families of the Med Flight crew who lost their lives near LaCrosse. I am a cancer survivor who is extremely grateful to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Even though I didn't know any of the crew, I still feel as though I lost a dear "friend." I consider anyone affiliated or employed at UW Hospital and Clinics a dear friend. Just remember that "Only the Best are Chosen." I am sure these Angels of Mercy were among the very Best. May God Bless All of You.
Submitted by: Jennifer, UW Health colleague
My last memory of Dr. Bean was one week before the accident. He smiled and asked, "When are you going to have that baby?" That is how I shall remember him: walking in through the EMS doors, with a large coffee in hand and a big smile on his face. May God be with you.
UW Emergency Room nurse
Submitted by: Karla Eppler, student
Mark was my medic instructor and I remember his passion for EMS. He cared about his students and shared his wonderful knowledge. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave men.
- Karla Eppler
Winona Area Ambulance Service
Submitted by: Noah Creaven
Our deepest condolences for your loss. No words can fill the hole these fine people have left in your team but know that as a community we are all thinking of you. From all of us, LifeLink.
- Noah Creaven
University LifeLink (Aurora, Colorado)
Submitted by: Cindy, friend, colleague and student
I've had Mark as an instructor as well as taught classes with Mark. He was a good man with a kind heart and will be missed greatly! His contribution to the Emergency Medical Service was exemplary!
MATC and Marquette County EMS
Submitted by: Sangeeta Agarwal
I was extremely sorry to hear for your loss. It was very unfortunate. Sometimes we don't know why things happen, because we cannot see or perceive the big picture.
- Sangeeta Agarwal
Gundersen Lutheran Healthcare
Submitted by: Dawn Klitzman, colleague
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these three wonderful men. They are truly heroes and have touched many lives. You should be proud of all of them.
Submitted by: Laura Long, RN, friend and UW Health colleague
I dedicate this remembrance to Mark. He is one of the people who told me that I should be an RN. I had the positvie attitude and drive for it. He told me that patients appreciate me, and for that I have decided that I would further my education in the medical field. The last time I saw Mark, I was feeling down and I didn't think I could do this schooling any more. He told me some inspirational words, and I will never forget. "You're here for a reason, and you must do it well, or you wouldn't be doing it at all. Remember, if you need help, come and see me." I have taken those words and put them deep into my heart. I will go on, and I will graduate, and as I graduate, I will remember Mark telling me, "I can do it!" The Med Flight Crew was and is an incredible group of people. I have friends who have been touched by their incredible well-being. I am proud to be part of the UW team. They will be missed!
Submitted by: Elizabeth Lor
To the families, friends and all professionals in our medical field: Every single life that has been through our hands, benefits from our passion, our love and care. When we save someone's life, it makes us feel so happy and so proud of what we did. To all who are in the medical field, may God bless. Especially to those who lost their loved ones. Our love and our prayers will be with you all.
Submitted by: Amy Gempeler, RN, UWHC Emergency Department colleague
One of my last memories of Darren is seeing him in the cafeteria on Saturday afternoon. I asked him if he got the note I left in his office the previous day. It was about a concern I had regarding a local EMS service. I didn't know who to go to with my concerns but I knew Dr. Bean would have an answer. He took about five minutes to let me vent my concerns and told me about plans he had to start a sort of hotline to report such concerns. If only he could make it around all the HIPPA "hoops." He must have had a list as long as his arm of all the projects he wanted to implement. His aspiring attitute was contagious. That's my last memory of talking to him. Later that evening, Med Flight brought in a Level One motorcycle accident to one of our trauma rooms. It wasn't my patient, but I can still picture him outside the room washing his hands talking to the ER attending for the patient, Dr. LaCharite. Desiree not only lost her husband, Steve, she also lost a best friend in Darren. Words cannot express how this has affected our department. Med Flight is our family. We lost three brothers last week. My hope is that this tragedy will make me more "Bean-like." Once the dust has settled, we will prevail and fly again. It's what Darren, Steve and Mark would have wanted. My deepest condolences to Stacy, Kaitlin and Parker Bean, Desiree LaCharite, and Ann Coyne. You are part of our ER family and will always be in my heart.
Submitted by: Brenda Hovey
I am truly sorry for your loss and our hearts and prayers are with the families of Darren, Steve and Mark. With the loss of our own family at our AE16 Base in December, we know the pain you're feeling and want you to know we care. God Bless you all.
- Brenda Hovey
Air Evac EMS, Inc., Missouri
Submitted by: Trez Tianen Zotkiewicz, friend and colleague
As a former UW PICU Nurse and friend of Mark Coyne's, I am saddened at the news of the Med Flight Crew. The story made it into the Wall Street Journal, but without names, so when my husband showed me the article, I prayed that it was not anyone I knew. A phone call from another nurse friend confirmed the worst. Even though it has been over 20 years since I worked in the UW PICU with Mark, we remained friends and corresponded annually at Christmas like people with busy lives usually do. He checked on me and my family after Hurricane Katrina to make sure we were OK. He was the only person who got away with calling me "Mamma Trez" when one of my primary patients stayed in the PICU 20 months! It's amazing how the memories of Mark's humor on the job and fun times on his "cat" sailboat are coming back to me now. My heart goes out to Ann and the rest of the Med Flight Crew's families during this difficult time. May God Bless you all!
- Trez Tianen Zotkiewicz
Maternal Child Clinical Nurse Specialist, New Orleans
Submitted by: Amy, colleague
Although I did not have the honor to know these great men, they are still in my thoughts and prayers. I just wanted to let all know that in this time of sorrow, we need to stick together and take each day like it's our last because you never know what tomorrow will bring. I will also pray for these families affected by this great tragedy in this time of sorrow and hope they can move forward when it is appropriate for them. And to their children affected by this, I hope they know what their fathers have done to make this world a better place. Putting others before them and not wanting anything in return except a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day. Take care to all, and deepest sympathies.
Submitted by: American Red Cross - Badger Chapter
The Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross has recently launched a training program in compression-only CPR, a form of CPR that we know will save lives. Dr. Darren Bean was our advisor and our inspiration this endeavor. Dr. Bean was passionate in his conviction that compression-only CPR will save lives in instances of sudden cardiac arrest. He helped us design this innovative training program. He trained our Red Cross staff and volunteers and he cheerfully answered what seemed like a thousand questions, turning skeptics into believers. He was highly skilled, patient, kind and instilled great confidence in others. Dr. Bean was our favorite, indefatigable cheerleader! We will miss him deeply. Our area-wide training campaign will teach tens of thousand of local residents how to save lives through this simple form of compression-only CPR.
- Staff and friends
American Red Cross - Badger Chapter
Submitted by: Carrie Todhunter, patient
Thank God for these unselfish people. My husband was a heart transplant recipient at UW Madison. Through the years we met and used some of the flight crew. My heart sunk when I returned from vacation and read of our loss. God Bless all of you at UW and the families of the victims. I remember when the nurses were having a rough time getting a needle in the correct spot to draw for blood gases, someone said, "If we cannot get it, we will go get the flight nurse. They are the best!" Yes, you are. Thanks.
Submitted by: Candice, colleague
Respectfully to all, words cannot even come close to addressing this tragedy and the emptiness I feel. You all make a difference. My thoughts are with the Med Flight organization. We all know the risks. I have had one near-hit in my aeromedical career. I'm able to write about it and I feel miserable. It doesn't feel right, nor is it right. Gravity and terrain weren't fair to you this time. The unfairness is indescribable. Steve - I did not know you but Mark spoke of you, I know you made a difference. Darren - we've had the opportunity to talk EMS and work together at scene flights. You made a huge difference educating the public on resuscitation so they can help those in need. Mark - If I could have traded places with you so you would not have had to endure what you did, I would have done so without hesitation. I miss and love you, our bond is not broken. "Two feet up, two feet down...," well, you know, and, we'll get there...Wow. To Mark's siblings, especially Mignon, I will do my best to "defy gravity, cheat death, and stamp out ignorance and superstition." My thoughts are with you all, and thank you for your support and understanding.
MedEvac and Beloit FD
Submitted by: Shana, colleague
That Saturday night I was working in paging, internal communications for the hospital, when word got out Med Flight was not responding. I waited, hoping with all my heart that these brave, remarkable men were perhaps stuck somewhere but otherwise OK. In all my years here my heart has never been so heavy as when I discovered Dr. Bean, Steve, and Mark were no longer alive. My thoughts and prayers with all of us who have been missing them, and especially to their families and co-workers. All the good they have done will never be forgotten.
Submitted by: Tammy Olson, friend and UW Hospital colleague
My deepest sympany to the families of the three men. I have been an RN here at the UW just over 10 years. I had both the honor and privilege of knowing Mark through my years here. I will always remember his smile and his humorous stories. The kind you just couldn't help busting out laughing even in the Peds ICU in the middle of the night. Mark told me once when I was working in the ED, "Sometimes you just got to find the humor in it, to keep going. After all, laughter is the best medicine for patients as well as staff." You will never be forgot in our hearts. God bless your families, they are in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by: Marie
You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by: Collin Mc Allister, friend, student, patient and colleague
I would like to offer my condolences to the family and staff of the UW team who lost their lives. I will especially miss a good friend in Mark. He was one of the best EMS instructors I ever had. He was also a good friend as when my wife was ill and in the UW Hospital. He stayed with me as she went through a very long procedure. Mark was always making the EMTs he taught better by pushing us to be the best we could be. Thank you, Mark. I would also like to thank both Steve and Dr. Bean for all of their work as well. I know that we would have less people alive today without all of yur work that you did.
- Collin Mc Allister
Retired EMT-I Tech (Lake Delton)
Submitted by: Traci Segar, RN, colleague
To the family, friends and UW EMS community, I can not imagine your loss. As the wife of a flight paramedic and a ground transport nurse myself, this felt very close to home. These three men have saved many lives and are heroes to all of us.
- Traci Segar
MedLink Air Specialty Care Transport (LaCrosse)
Submitted by: Jennifer Brooks, former UW ER social worker
Desiree, Sweet Steve loved you so much. The way he looked at you just said it all. Your friend always, Jennifer.
- Jennifer Brooks
Submitted by: Jon Keevil, friend and colleague
Darren, I am pleased to know that my children met you briefly. Simon was excited that you might show him the "aircraft" some day. Margo could tell immediately what a kind and caring person you were. They noticed you picked hot chocolate instead of coffee from the machine like they did. They were still talking about you on Sunday before we knew you were gone. We are heavy with grief, but being able to share with my kids how great you were, helps the pain a little. Thank you for everything. I miss you.
- Jon Keevil
Submitted by: Deb, RN
Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of these three wonderful men. I have had the pleasure of working with them as a nurse at UW but also in the ERs of other facilities. I was amazed by all. Though Steve was not a medical professional, he helped with whatever needed to be done. He did his job proficiently and, may I add, quietly. Mark would come to the ICUs or call facilities to check on patients and always told a story and was willing to lend a hand where it was needed. My first encounter with Dr. Bean was in the UW ER at a trauma. He was so composed during a very stressful situation. Where other MDs would have the residents step aside, he used that opportunity to teach them in a very professional manner. He encouraged questions and discussion and never turned down an opportunity to teach. I was amazed at the dedication and compassion these three men had. They will be missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of these brave men. Though their stay on this earth was short, the legacy they have left will live on.
Submitted by: Kim, student, patient, friend and colleague
It's been a great loss. I will miss you all, and the smiles you brought to me every time I saw your faces. You have brought joy to many people and had touch lives that you never know. Thanks for all you did. May God Bless you and take you home.
Submitted by: David Henning, friend and colleague
I've been a paramedic for over 30 years. I have known Mark for over 20 of them. We both taught EMTs and paramedics in the state and I had the opportunity teach, sit on state commities and be a good friend with Mark. He will be missed throughout the state by the EMS community. The one thing that I see when I think about Mark is the big smile and positive being. He was a great guy and friend, I will miss him.
- David Henning
Gold Cross Ambulance
Submitted by: Jonathan Chun and Jeannie Yang, former colleagues
I had the privilege of spending last year on the trauma/general surgery staff at UWHC while my wife finished her chief residency in general surgery. After meeting Darren, it was quickly obvious why my wife and so many others spoke so highly of him. Interacting with him throughout the year only reinforced that impression. We were devastated to hear of this tragedy. May God provide peace and comfort to all the families and friends of these three brave and dedicated men.
Submitted by: Lynda and Steve Siewert, MDs, colleagues
Our most sincere sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of the Med Flight crew lost well before their time. We've both had the pleasure to work with Darren and Stacey through St. Mary's Hospital and understand the challenges of being a two-doctor family. Our hearts break for Stacey, Caitlyn and Parker but know that they'll "be OK" after last night's moving memorial. Stacey showed amazing grace and strength with her thoughtful tribute to Darren...he would certainly be proud. What a touching way to help us know Darren and Steve in ways that only you did. The community support, humbling experience of the funeral processional and personal memories shared by family and friends was an amazing way to celebrate the lives of these two men. We must strive to live each day to the fullest and dedicate ourselves to honoring their work and memory in our life's passion. "I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it" - Lyndon Baines Johnson. May God bless your loved ones with comfort during the long journey to healing.
- Lynda and Steve Siewert
Wildwood Family Clinic
Submitted by: Julie Truitt, colleague
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Julie Truitt
Meriter Hospital Operating Room
Submitted by: Ann Louise Tetreault, colleague
Mark will be remembered for his many contributions at work and his never ending compassion and commitment to the community as a registered nurse and instructor. I remember Mark fondly having worked with him over his many years at UWHC. His engaging smile, dry wit, laidback nature and helpful mannerism with patients put them at ease and staff assured that he could handle the unexpected. SEIU Healthcare members recall his participation in the early years of United Professionals as an independent union. He was elected as a delegate to state conventions and was a member of the Board of Directors serving in the early administrative decisions of the union. Mark served on the 1199W/UP bargainging team representing the nurses and other health care professionals at UWHC leading to some on the benefits that we enjoy today. I will remember you for your passion for fun and adventure as a sailor, pilot and colleague. You are looking down upon us today concerned about us and how we are coping, humbled by our words of praise that describe you so well. Take care, Mark. We offer our prayers to your family and friends.
- Ann Louise Tetreault
SEIU Healthcare District 1199
Submitted by: Michelle, family member of patient
I didn't know any of the men personally, but I had the opportunity to see Dr. Bean in action when he helped my mother in the ER last year. Not only was he a skilled physician, but he was a caring and compassionate human being. Such a tragic loss cannot be comprehended. My deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of the Med Flight crew. May the love and support of those around you guide you through this difficult time.
Submitted by: Marilyn Leavitt (Trempealeau)
My condolences to the family and friends of these fine men. My heart goes out to the families and will always be remembered.
- Marilyn Leavitt
Submitted by: JoAnn Henrickson, friend
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your courageous crew. It seems that even though all of them were so young, they had a big impact in their short time on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with all their families during this tragic time.
Submitted by: Jennifer Weiss, UWHC colleague
As an Internal Medicine resident at the UW, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Darren. His enthusiasm for teaching, learning, and patient care was obvious from the moment you met him. Everyone who came in contact with him was blessed. I still find it hard to believe that this tragedy occurred. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all involved in this tragic event.
Submitted by: Sandy, colleague
I am a nurse at UW and even though I did not know these three men, I have so much respect for the Med Flight program. I could not believe it when I heard the news on Sunday morning. I always love seeing Med Flight in the sky and think how proud I am to be a part of the UW. I would like to send my condolences to each of their families, friends and everyone who knew these three great men. God Bless you all.
Submitted by: Staff at Monroe Clinic
Many of us in the Monroe Clinic and community at large have followed the story with great sadness. There is an added poignancy to the gratitude we all feel for the risks taken by the people of Med Flight as well as their families and colleagues to help with the safety of others in surrounding communities. Of the three people killed, the one who touched us most directly was Darren, who came down several times and spent much time with me and others, in person and on the telephone, in his efforts to upgrade our regional EMS capabilities. It was really special to get to know him as a great professional and human being.
- Staff at Monroe Clinic
Submitted by: David Hyslop
My wife and I wish to extend our deepest condolences to families of the Med Flight crew members and to the greater medical community in Madison and LaCrosse. We lost our oldest son Scott in the crash of CareFlight 4 near Durango in 2005 so we can empathize with the loss the families are feeling and the grief they are experiencing. There are several stiking similarities with the two crashes. Scott left a wife who is a doctor and a five-month son. The flight nurse on CF4 was also in his 50s and was loved by all. To all of the friends and colleagues of the crew, please continue the support of their families. They will be traveling a long road to recovery.