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Pedi-Flite Respiratory Therapist Denise Adams, Pedi-Flite Nurse Carrie Barlow and Hospital Wing pilot Charlie Smith were celebrated at a memorial service on Oct. 29 at Hope Presbyterian Church. (Source: Lisa W. Buser) Pedi-Flite Respiratory Therapist Denise Adams, Pedi-Flite Nurse Carrie Barlow and Hospital Wing pilot Charlie Smith were celebrated at a memorial service on Oct. 29 at Hope Presbyterian Church. (Source: Lisa W. Buser)
Nearly 2,000 family, friends and co-workers gathered Oct. 29 at Hope Presbyterian Church to celebrate the lives of the crew who died in the Oct. 22 helicopter crash. (Source: Lisa W. Buser) Nearly 2,000 family, friends and co-workers gathered Oct. 29 at Hope Presbyterian Church to celebrate the lives of the crew who died in the Oct. 22 helicopter crash. (Source: Lisa W. Buser)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – Nearly 2,000 people filled Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova to remember the three people killed when their medical helicopter crashed near Somerville, Tennessee last week.

On October 22, Hospital Wing pilot Charles Smith, Pedi-Flite registered nurse Carrie Barlow, and Pedi-Flite respiratory therapist Denise Adams died when their chopper crashed en route to pick up a sick child in Bolivar.

All three professionals are hailed as heroes in the community.

"Very emotional. Extremely emotional," said Jeannie Yateman, a Vanderbilt LifeFlight pilot who made the trip from Memphis to honor complete strangers regarded as family. "The ceremony was just amazing to think about the wonderful things that each person did and the life and legacy that they left."

The memorial lasted more than two hours. There were bagpipes, and speakers highlighting not the sorrow, but instead, the heights to which the crew soared.

A pilot. A nurse. A respiratory therapist. Together, a team of seasoned professionals accustomed to risking it all to save complete strangers.

"I just remember the smiles and the grateful way with which they did everything," said Crile Crisler, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. "They were three remarkable individuals. You couldn't help, no matter what, but see their smile through everything."

Hospital Wing grounded its helicopters for one week to give its employees time to grieve. Its operations will resume Wednesday.

"Being a flight crew member and going out and helping people is a true passion, it is a calling, and we have a lot of people who are really ready to get back in the air and help the people of the Mid-South," said Jason Clark, Hospital Wing.

For some, the only way to truly heal is to take flight.

The three victims left behind eight children.

A fund has been established for each of the victims' three families. If you would like to help, checks can be made payable to the Le Bonheur Foundation. Please designate to whom your donation should be given.

Checks can be mailed to the following address:

Le Bonheur Foundation
P.O. Box 41817
Memphis, TN 38174

Donations can also be made online, click here: https://events.lebonheur.org/helpfund

And finally, donations can also be made in their honor to the Pedi-Flite team by clicking here: http://www.lebonheur.org/donatenow.

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