LifeNet crew honored year after deadly crash in TucsonPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- There was a memorial Thursday afternoon in midtown Tucson for the crew of an air ambulance, killed in a helicopter crash one year ago.
About 30 people gathered at the spot where the chopper went down.
"It brings back difficult memories from the time we lost some very important people on that day, you know. There were three people and three families that are just devastated," said Tucson resident John Townsend.
The afternoon of July 28, 2010, the LifeNet family lost pilot Alex Kelly, paramedic Brenda French and nurse Parker Summons.
"I just saw a helicopter in the middle of the air and it just spinned out of control and crashed now there's flames everywhere, a very loud noise it was just a horrendous noise and uh I felt the whole house shake," said Townsend.
Townsend owns the home where the chopper came down. A year ago his wall had the tail of the helicopter sticking out, now there's a cross in front as a reminder of the tragic event.
"I would like to say I am very happy to see such high ranking representation of the police force and the fire department because their crews did a terrific job that day," said Townsend.
Also on hand were dozens of LifeNet employees who knew Kelly, French and Summons, including LifeNet Aviation Manager Jada Schell.
"They were my family. Parker and Alex, I worked with them for 19 months at LifeNet 12. I didn't know Brenda as well but she was already part of the family," said Schell.
"We just love very much and we think about them everyday and its what we do from here and how we remember them that really counts, we love you guys," said Schell speaking at the memorial.
An announcement over the emergency band began a moment of silence for the crew.
This announcement is in loving memory of Brenda French, Parker Summons and Alex Kelly from LifeNet 12 who dedicated their life to our industry.
There still is no word on exactly what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board has not released its final report.