ETMC EMS pays Tribute to fallen PHI Crew
Houston County Courier - June 2008
by Crystal Rhone
On Friday, June 27, ETMC EMS Crockett honored fallen comrades by planting and dedicating a tree at the EMS station in Crockett. The ceremony was in memory of the PHI Air Medical 12 crew, of Bryan/College Station, that crashed just outside of Huntsville on Sunday, June 8 around 2:45 a.m. in the Sam Houston National Forest.
Everyone on the helicopter was killed including the pilot, Wayne Kirby, 63, of Bryan, Flight RN Jana Bishop, 29, of Magnolia, Flight Paramedic Stephanie Waters, 27, of Cedar Park and the patient, 58-year-old David Disman, who was being transported from Hunstville Memorial Hospital to Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Attending the tree planting ceremony were members of PHI Air Medical, crews from ETMC EMS Crockett, ETMC Air 1, employees of ETMC EMS and others.
The Crockett EMS crews had a tree marker made which was placed at the base of the tree.
The tree marker dedicated to the fallen crew members reads: “Dedicated to the crew of PHI Air Med 12; Flown into the hands of God; June 8, 2008, In the line of duty; Pilot - Wayne Kirby; Flight Nurse - Jana Bishop; Flight Paramedic - Stephanie Waters.”
The ETMC EMS Crockett crews also had a plaque made in memory of the fallen crew members.
The plaque was presented to the Supervisor of the crew that was killed, to be taken back to their home base in Bryan.
The tree was planted in front of the ETMC EMS Crockett station.
After the planting and dedication of the tree, the crews of ETMC EMS Crockett prepared hot dogs and refreshments for everyone attending and paying their respects.
“We work with these flight crews on a daily basis. It really hits close to home when a tragedy like this happens. It’s like losing our own brothers and sisters.,” says ETMC EMS Supervisor Roy Langford.
“These people live the same lifestyle that we do, putting their lives on the line in order to save others.
“I speak for all of the Crockett EMS crews when I say that we are deeply saddened by the loss of the crew from PHI Air Med 12.”