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Triple Fatal EMS Copter Crash, Seasons Sadness? (The Secret List)

     

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TRIPLE FATAL EMS HELICOPTER CRASH-LODD

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We regret to advise you that a medical helicopter crashed in northern Illinois last night, killing all three people on board. The Federal Aviation Administration reports the helicopter crashed Monday night while traveling from Rockford, near the Wisconsin border, to a hospital about 60 miles south in Mendota to pick up a patient. The helicopter was registered to Rockford Health System and no patients were on board when the helicopter crashed around 2030 hours into a field in Rochelle, about midway between the two cities. The FAA says the helicopter was destroyed and all three people on board were killed. Rockford is about 80 miles northwest of Chicago. According to Rockford Health System's Facebook page, the crew members were Pilot Andy Olsen, Nurse Jim Dillow, R.N., and Flight Nurse Karen Hollis, R.N. They are having a press conference at 1030 this morning to provide more details. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

 

 

SEASONS GREETINGS-BUT KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SEASONS SADNESS:

While this is the "most wonderful time of the year"-it is also a time where emotions can get ripped for some very personal reasons. Sometimes we see it-sometimes we don't. Suicide is a mystery in so many cases, leaving family and friends clueless about what happened, what was missed, what could "we" have been done. Firefighters = courage, resilience, self-sacrifice, confidence and the ability to handle the most difficult situations*... but some may be less able to cope and may suffer from depression, isolation and other behavioral problems. And as we have all seen, some may choose suicide as the only solution.

In North Dakota last week, a Battalion Fire Chief took his own life ...and his friends wanted us to share some details with you.

 

Battalion Fire Chief Daniel L. Olson, 42, Bismarck, died Dec. 1, 2012. Dan died after taking his own life. He was born in 1970. Dan deeply cared for his career as a firefighter. Dan first became a volunteer Firefighter in Berthold, later served as a professional at the Minot FD from 1996-99, and became a Firefighter with the Bismarck FD in 1999. Dan was currently serving as Battalion Chief, a tremendous honor he had just received in 2012. Dan was also a part of the North Dakota National Guard. Dan proudly served his country with the North Dakota National Guard 957 MRBC in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and in Kosovo from 2009 to 2010. Dan was currently Master Sergeant in the 164 Engineer HHC.

Dan will always be remembered for his courage during difficult times, and even though he lost his battle with P.T.S.D. and took his own life, his family and friends  know he is at rest and peace.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tanya; his daughters, Emilee, 16, and Aimee, 13; his son, Kevin, 3; his mother, Adeline; his brothers, Aaron Olson and Ron Olson; and an extended family,
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be shared with the Emilee, Aimee and Kevin Olson Memorial Fund, Bremer Bank, 710 S. Washington St., Bismarck, N.D. 58504.
Friends may share condolences and memories with the family online at wwwbismarckfuneralhome.comRIP.

 

DID YOU KNOW THIS? The myth that suicides spike during the holidays is not factual. The months of November, December and January actually have the lowest number of suicides per day, according to data from CDC. ++...but that is based upon the general population, not Firefighter specific. So keep your eyes and ears open and take a sec to read the links below.

 

HAVE YOU READ THIS? A FIRE CHIEF/FATHERS GRIEF: http://firechief.com/health-safety/ar/fathers-grief-0209

 

FIREFIGHTERS AND SUICIDE-PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE LINKS AND PASS'em ON.
HERE: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/personal-survival.php (FFCC Personal Survival Section) ++
HERE: http://blog.iaff.org/post/2010/11/05/No-Fire-Fighter-Stands-Alone.aspx (IAFF-No Firefighter Stands Alone-*READ THESE WARNING SIGNS) *
HERE: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/firefighter-ptsd-suicide/story?id=14466320 (ABC News Article on Firefighter Suicide)
HERE: http://firechief.com/health-safety/ar/firefighting_not_without_warning/ (Fire Chief Magazine Article)
HERE: http://tinyurl.com/7bbz8ev (The Company Officers Role-article)
HERE: http://sweeney-alliance.org/grievingbehindthebadge/?tag=national-fallen-firefighters-foundation (Grieving Behind The Badge)
HERE: http://tinyurl.com/7kxzfv9 (Nat'l Fire Service Summit On FF Suicide-Blog-NFFF)

 

 

FINAL WORD: Our condolences to the family and friends of Lavern Rinehart who lost his battle with Alzheimer's December 9th 2012 in Cozad, Nebraska. He was a Firefighter for 43 years and a Nebraska Deputy State Fire Marshal in the pipeline division. RIP.

Take Care-BE CAREFUL.
BillyG
The Secret List 12-11-12 / 1013 Hours
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