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LifeFlight helicopter crash 10-years-later

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) – It's been a decade since a LifeFlight helicopter crashed in Worth county, killing all three people on board.

Saturday a special memorial was erected to honor them.

Family and co-workers remembered the victims as caring medical professionals who sacrificed their own lives to help others.

A monument in Sylvester's Jeffords Park was erected inscribed with their names to keep their spirit alive.

Paramedic Michael 'stick' Elam, nurse Renee Welch Chapman, and Pilot Bart Bradshaw, and died when their LifeFlight chopper crashed On July 24th 2000 near Sumner.

"They were like three of my kids, I know they're in heaven right now and hopefully one day each and every one of us will be joining them," said Jimmy Hudson, Fmr. Baptist Hospital EMS/LifeFlight Dir.

The helicopter that crashed was a back-up, routinely used by LifeFlight when one of its other choppers is in the shop for maintenance.

The back-up chopper had been inspected just days before the crash.

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