Fallen UK Air-Med Crew Honored
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2009) - The University of Kentucky held a memorial service Tuesday morning, June 30, in honor of the air-medical crew who lost their lives on duty ten years ago..
Flight paramedic Brian Harden, flight nurse Sheila Zellers, and pilots Ernest Jones, Jr., and Donald Greene lost their lives while responding to a call in the rural mountainside of Breathitt County on June 14, 1999.
"In light of the 10 year anniversary of the UK air-med crash, we thought it fitting for UK HealthCare to pause to remember and honor the lives of the four crew members who tragically lost their lives while on duty," said associate hospital administrator Sandra Chambers. "They gave the ultimate. We want the families of the crew, the UK employees and staff, friends and the overall community to know that they will not be forgotten."
Following a memorial service in the hospital auditorium, a tree was planted in the Japanese Garden outside the north lobby in honor of the fallen crew.
"We planted a Kousa Dogwood tree in their honor on the health care campus to remind us of these four brave individuals," Chambers said. "As this tree blossoms, it will remind us of the fullness of their lives as UK air-medical crew members. We don't want to ever forget their contributions and their lives."