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Friday, July 18, 2014 

EMS HELICOPTER CRASHES IN NEW MEXICO-ONE CREW MEMBER WAS A FORMER FF/MEDIC FROM NJ

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We regret to pass on that a medical helicopter carrying three crew members has crashed in eastern New Mexico.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter disappeared from radar early Thursday morning and went down near Newkirk. Ranch workers found the wreckage after they were asked to look around.

New Mexico State Police didn't immediately disclose the conditions of the three crew members on board.

However, the ranch manager says he saw no survivors when he and another ranch employee found the burning wreckage on the side of a mesa.

The FAA said the cause of the crash is unknown. It said the helicopter was flying from Santa Fe to pick up a patient in Tucumcari.

Bullhead City, Arizona-based TriState CareFlight LLC confirmed it owned and operated the helicopter.  

=ONE CREW MEMBER IDENTIFIED

Paramedic Rebecca Serkey, 36, was one of three members killed in the Line of Duty when the chopper crashed around 0300 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque, a flight nurse in Nevada and a local EMT who had plans to get together with her this weekend confirmed.

“She was a tremendous asset to every department that she worked for and has touched so many lives!” wrote the Ridgefield (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps, one of many she worked for in her career. “She will be truly missed!”

Paramedic Serkey and fellow members of her TriState CareFlight crew, based in Arizona, were well known in the area.

“These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors,” the hospital said in statement. “Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day.”

Serkey, a nationally certified paramedic who began her career in Bergen County, NJ, joined the CareFlight team in July 2012.

She previously worked for Saint Clare’s Health System in Dover, Denville, Boonton, Sussex and Hacketstown, as a lab instructor at Rockland (NY) Community College in Suffern and as a paramedic with UMDNJ in Newark and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ.

A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” Serkey studied police science at John Jay College in Manhattan and was an active SCUBA diver.

“I love my jobs and my volunteering I wouldn’t give it up,” she once said. “I work ridiculous hours sometimes, but people do not wait until 9 AM to get sick or hurt.”

A former pool lifeguard and camp counselor, Serkey also was an EMT with Fort Lee (NJ) for eight years, with Holy Name for four years and with Ridgefield for a year.

Serkey was corps secretary, training officer, crew chief and driver for the Leonia (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps from May 2003 to September 2007 and a probationary firefighter with the Leonia Volunteer Fire Department from March 2006 through December 2007.

She also was driver and EMT crew chief with the Palisades Park (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps from April 2005 to November 2006.

Our condolences to all affected.




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