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Posted by Lara Lowry

I send my condolences to the families still and my prayers

Posted by Anonymous

Thank each & every one of you & every member of your families for your professionalism, dedication & love for humanity. Wishing all much love and peace.

Posted by Diane Boyle

I'm so very sorry. Reno will never forget. Saying Thousands of prayers for the heroes who have graced paradise with their presence. ??????

Posted by Jeremy Young

While I did not know the crew or the patient onboard the aircraft, I just want to send my condolences. I work at one of the FBO locations at Salt Lake City International Airport and I see Medical Aircraft all the time. I know how hard they work to make sure patients have the best care possible. They are always flying and always in the air helping the patients get where they need to go. Day and Night, middle of the night, they do not stop. Yes, this is a tragic event. My heart aches for all those involved. May those lost find peace and rest. May those involved at CareFlight and Guardian Flight, be able to go forward from this, learn from the incident, and go about doing what you do to keep crew and patients safe and secure to their destinations going forward. May you also have a good support system within your respective companies and within those around you.

Posted by carrie hintz

Sending all of our love and prayers to the families. We will remember. #Always

Posted by Warren GILBERT

I was injured in a ski accident up at Heavenly in a whiteout in January, 1985. Care Flight risked their lives to brave the storm in order to save my life and transport me to Washoe Medical Center. I will forever be in their debt.

Posted by Anonymous

We are so sorry for the loss of your loved ones: family, friends, and co-workers. We are praying that God will comfort you and that you will know His peace and presence at this time. We want you all to know that we deeply care about you and plan on laying flowers at the crash site on our property (in the near future, as we live out of state.) We will continue to pray for you all.

Posted by Anonymous

Those at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (U.S. Forest Service) would like to share our deepest condolences in recognition of those lost recently on the medical flight outside of Stagecoach, Nevada. We send our thoughts, love and support to their families and friends and all those that are feeling their loss.

Posted by Anonymous

Deepest condolences to all the living souls who mourn your passing. Godspeed and rest well, we’ve got it from here. From: Brothers and Sisters in uniform.

Posted by Sarah Gordon

While I didn't know the crew personally, I do know that they were trying to do the best possible thing for the patient when they left that night. I have been a fixed wing flight nurse for almost 3 years and I feel true empathy and compassion for all those on board. Please remember them for doing what they loved most. My sincere condolences, Sarah Gordon, Flight RN Calstar 70

Posted by Mike Benz (Beth's Uncle)

Dear God of the selfless, God of the strong and the brave. Grant a perfect rest among the souls of the righteous. To those who died in service to others during the their efforts to protect and save lives. May their dedication to protecting life serve as a shining lamp of love. And the works of their hands bring us all merit in heaven. Bless the souls of all who have died to save others, Civilians and professionals, The trained and the untrained, In every age and in every land, Men and women who answered the call of honor, duty and service. May their memories be sanctified with joy and love. May their souls be bound up in the bond of life, A living blessing in our midst. AMEN Memorial Prayer for First Responders - ALDEN SOLOVY

Posted by Mickey Huber

The men and women of AMR Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those lost. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Posted by Anonymous

Ryan left an indelible mark on the world and will live on in the minds and hearts of those of us who were lucky enough to be influenced and helped by him. His life is an excellent reminder that we always have the opportunity to be kind, caring, and selfless and that we have an impact on more people than we realize. I hope we all strive to have as good of an impact as he did. May his memory be a blessing.

Posted by Lara Lowry

My prayers and condolences go out to all the families, that were lost in the tragic event.

Posted by Anonymous

Despite the weight of this tragedy on those left behind, especially your families, know that light shines upon your sacrifice and lights the way for those of us still ready to carry on the job in your memories. You all laid down your lives to serve your fellow man. May we all be so lucky to live a life of service to the very end.

Posted by Xaviere Battle

I want to send my sincerest condolences to all families and friends that knew them. To the families you are in my thoughts and prayers for your strength and peace.

Posted by Richard Swedbergh

From the Banner Air team in Arizona, keeping your crews and families in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Posted by Hillarie Grenier

It saddens us in the Seattle Comm Center to hear of this terrible loss. Your loved ones dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others. It is the most selfless act anybody can ever do. They were heroes and will remain that way always in the hearts of all of us. For the families and loved ones of these brave team members, our hearts are with you all during this time.

Posted by Anonymous

Our community of Northern Nevada is so much safer because of all that you do. You all are heroes. May God be with you all.

Posted by Sara West

My thoughts are with them and their family in this sorrowful time.

Posted by Anonymous

So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Rob Gaedtke

To the families and friends, I'm so very sorry for your loss. To the team at REMSA Health, be strong and thank you for everything you do. To the ones lost, may you rest in peace and know you will not be forgotten.

Posted by Alberto Cavazos

Big Spring AEL 54 sends our love and condolences. Never have we met, but family we are!

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Condolences to the family and friends of Scott, Ryan, and Ed. -The Southeast Region Safety Team Jay, Briana, John, Craig, and Nick

Posted by Brian and Becky Davis

It was our honor to attend the memorial service virtually and to have an opportunity to honor those lost. We send our sincere and deepest condolences. Your families and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Barbara Richter

CareFlight crew has been there for us here in Mammoth Lakes for our personal emergency. We are forever grateful. Our hearts go out to the five lost in this tragedy. May their memories be a blessing. Our three donations may be small, but they are heartfelt.

Posted by Carla Williams

On the behalf of the GMR Access2Care team, we give our condolences to the family and friends of all the lives loss. You all are in our prayers.

Posted by Lacey Loveland

Heart felt condolences and sending much love and prayers for all affected by this tragedy.

Posted by Austin Covington

SO SORRY, What an unexpected tragedy we are all faced with , to not only the Pilot, Crew, and the Patients, but the families that were left behind to suffer the losses of their loved ones. May god bring you all healing & strength to grieve and remember. I flew with Scott for several years and you will be missed. God Bless you and all whom were a part of this tragic accident. You will always be remembered and never forgotten. The Pilots Prayer, Dear Lord, please look down on me, if you should get a chance. While Your "eye is on the sparrow" I'd appreciate a glance. In Your tower up in Heaven, as You watch the eagles soar. You know the joy I've felt, as Your wonders I explore. From the early morning sunrise, to the starry moonlit nights, my simple perch near Heaven, has revealed Your glorious sights. But when my flight is over and no longer there's a wait, I pray for a smooth landing, at Heavens Pearly Gate. For beyond the blue horizon, there's a "hanger in the sky", your home for weary pilots, whose spirits never die.

Posted by David Bowman

To our Care Flight family - May you find strength, peace, and solace in better memories of good days spent with those lost to help you thru the days ahead. Thinking of and praying for you all. - David

Posted by Gordon Anderson

To the friends and families of Scott Walton, Ryan Watson and Ed Pricola please know that you have our heart felt prayers and condolences for you loss. There is nothing any of us can say do do to ease your pain at this time but allow us to grieve with you. Thank you for sharing your loved ones with us as team members and as part of our EMS families. We are a better place because of them and we will remember them with love and admiration for their sacrifice. Scott, Ryan and Ed... go in peace and thank you for a job well done for those who were in need.

Posted by Bert DeMello

We hold Scott, Ryan, Ed, and their families in solemn remembrance for their sacrifice. Rest easy brothers, we've got it from here.

Posted by Anonymous

My family and I have held you all in our prayers and will continue to do so. There are no words sufficient but we hope our prayers will bring a measure of comfort.

Posted by Kristina Greene


Posted by Jim Hiatt

To our CareFlight air medical family, and the family of our fallen crew, we send our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss and hope that God's healing hand will comfort you during this difficult time. We are there by your side in spirit and thought. To the lost members of our flight family, here's to blue skies and favorable tail winds forever! God bless! The Hiatt Family

Posted by Justin Nash

All of us, who have chosen this life, very deeply feel the heaviness of the loss of your loved ones and their space in your lives. Grace and Peace be to you.


Sending a heart felt condolences to the family and friends of the flight crew. Just know from miles away, our heart aches for all of you!! Let's celebrate the lovely meaningful life of those that are now resting peacefully. Your Dekalb Co./ ATL-GA AMR FAMILY.

Posted by Anonymous

We're deeply saddened by the loss of your family and our friends. I pray for families of our heroes that passed in this tragedy. May God be with you and hold you in your time of need. Their service to the community impacted many on their worst day and they will be dearly missed. Condolences

Posted by Sal Ruiz

Clear skies and tailwinds...

Posted by Marie Cunningham

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and friends. May God wrap his arms around you in comfort during this time. God Bless! Air Evac Lifeteam, West Plains Mo. office.


My prayers and heart are with you today, may you find peace in positive thoughts and have strength for the days you need it.

Posted by Anonymous

My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those who passed. They are true heroes of our community and they will be missed.

Posted by Meredith Sykora

My thoughts and prayers are with all the loved ones left behind. I pray specifically that God gives you the peace and comfort that only he can provide. I am thankful for their service to their community, and know that everyone in or has been in the air medical field is thinking about you!

Posted by Veronica Nichols

Heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Scott Walton, Ryan Watson and Ed Pricola. We all grieve with them and appreciate their bravery and dedication to serving others.

Posted by Angela W

You are heroes who are gone too soon, but won’t be forgotten. You made a positive difference in this world, to help so many others, and to set a great example to others, such as myself and my children. Sending prayers to your families that they may find comfort and joy in their memories with you, to help overcome the sadness of missing you here in their lives.

Posted by Justin Nash

All of us, who have chosen this life, very deeply feel the heaviness of the loss of your loved ones and their space in your lives. Grace and Peace be to you.

Posted by Anonymous

My condolences to the crew, family and everyone affected.

Posted by Dawn Penton

My deepest condolences for all who were lost in Flight N273SM. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families during this difficult time.

Posted by Mary Glover

From AMR KC Metro, Cass Regional, and Linn County, you are all in our prayers through this difficult time.

Posted by Mary Beth Akers

My sincerest condolences to the families of these brave heroes! They were doing a job they loved! My son is a flight medic and I know how much he loves doing what he is doing! May all rest in peace and may the good Lord take their souls into heaven!

Posted by Ron Schwartz

Please know that everyone is thinking and praying for those lost in this tragedy and for the ones that must live on. God bless everyone involved and REMSA will carry on as they have always done. A strong and caring organization, my thoughts and prayers Ron

Posted by Joseph G

May y’all fly high! I pray your families can find peace in this horribly tragic time. From one first responder to another, rest easy, and we will take it from here. God Bless Each And Everyone Of You!

Posted by Kristy Boese

Deepest condolences for the families and healthcare team affected by such a huge loss. Thank you for your dedication to your job and your sacrifice to serve others. You are all true heroes. Kristy Boese APRN

Posted by Laura Ciolna

Ryan Watson was literally one of the best people I had the pleasure of meeting. He was always happy, positive, extremely supportive, full of life and optimism. His personality was contagious. He would fill the room with his laughter, his silly jokes and his joy. I have known Ryan since 2011. Throughout our years in high school, college and being coworkers, we shared so many beautiful memories and a great friendship. Ryan always talked about how much he wanted to help people. He was so excited when he started doing that. With Ryan being a paramedic, the community was in good hands. He built such an amazing community around him, full of love and compassion. His loss will leave a huge void, but his legacy will live forever. Ryan was one of the best and compassionate human beings and he will always be remembered that way. May you rest in peace, my friend. You will truly be missed.

Posted by Pam Adams

It is with a very heavy heart that I offer my sincere condolences to the REMSA family of co-workers left to carry on without three of their wonderful CareFlight crew members. God please hold and comfort them as well as the grieving family and friends of those killed in the line of performing their duty. Please also comfort those grieving the family members they were transporting. May everyone who shares this grief also be comforted by beautiful memories of those whom they loved!

Posted by Anonymous

Sincere condolences to the Care Flight family and the families of the patient and his wife. I know from past experience that Care Flight people are all dedicated professionals who love their work of helping others and make a significant difference in our lives. To the families and friends, I shed many tears with you and pray that God will give you needed strength, support and comfort for the time ahead.

Posted by Alice Mason

It takes dedication to be a healthcare worker, and so much bravery to be on an air flight team. My deepest condolences to the families of these dedicated healthcare workers, the brave pilot, and the family of this couple who boarded anticipating help. My prayers as well, for the devastated team members left behind.

Posted by Darrell Detwiler

Our heartfelt condolences to these heroes. Sympathies to the family

Posted by Natalie Aro

My heart goes out to all the families that lost a loved one on Feb 24, 2023. You will be in my prayers during this emotional time.

Posted by Matt Sasser

To our friends at Care Flight, While we understand that there are no words that can relieve your team of their pain at a time like this, we at MedSTAR Transport want to extend our most heartfelt thoughts and support to your team at Care Flight. You are not alone during this difficult time. We are all family when we put on our uniforms and take care of our patients. Please accept our most sincere sympathy, and know that we stand with you and our fallen colleagues who gave their most precious gift in the care of others. Respectfully, The Team at MedSTAR Transport, Washington DC

Posted by Susan Hahn

How does one even begin to comprehend this enormous loss, so many young children who no longer have their daddy's...wives who lost their soul mates, and grandchildren who no longer have their dear grandparents it is incomprehensible. Sorry just doesn't seem enough this isn't something these families will ever get over. Our community will always remember them, and I only wish the very best to all the families as they navigate their future without their loved ones. Blue Skies forever.

Posted by Claudia Rico

Such a tragedy! My heart goes out to all who lost their lives so unexpectedly and tragically; most of all, my thoughts and caring go to the loved ones of these heroes, and to the patient and his wife. Such profound loss is impossible to understand. Treasure your memories and the love you shared.

Posted by Elaine Smith

Each day is a gift. Each human is a gift from God. These lives, each one, is precious to our Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the selfless service of this REMSA team and the patient and spouse in their care. Jesus heals the broken hearted. He comforts those who mourn. May the families know the community mourns with them. May they know how painful this loss is to all. My deepest condolences.

Posted by Sonia Schlosser

On behalf of the Southern Nevada Nurse Honor Guard, we extend our deepest condolences. "Even though we cannot see beyond the horizon, we know something beautiful is waiting. The lasting connection we feel to those we love reassures us that in some unknowable way." ~Author unknown Respectfully, Sonia L Schlosser BSN, RN Southern Nevada, Battle Born, Nurse Honor Guard, State of Nevada Chapter, The National Nurse Honor Guard Coalition If we can be of assistance in any way to honor your team please feel free to call anytime. Julie Murray Founder, The National Nurse Honor Guard Coalition

Posted by Charley Mike

May they soar with the angels on wings of eagles. May they watch over those they loved and those who loved them. May they rest in peace until we gather for the final formation.

Posted by CJ Lake-Johnson

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all the family members, friends and co-workers of the victims of this horrific accident. My heart hurts for each of you. May you all find some kind of peace and strong support as you grieve through your losses. Praises and prayers to ALL the Heroes of the REMSA Care Flight Professionals, in every possible aspect. Thank You.

Posted by Anonymous

May God be with all that have suffered heartache from this great tragedy. Family , friends and First Responders from every agency.

Posted by Eric Bell

Condolences to all the crews and families involved. To those lost; Blue Skies.

Posted by Anonymous

Working with Ed at CTH was an absolute pleasure. My heart goes out to his wife and children. Thinking of all the victims in this horrific tragedy along with the first responders.

Posted by Tiffany Obetts

REMSA Health Care Flight Team: Our hearts are breaking with you. We send our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ed, Ryan, Scott, Mike and Terri. "...We honor your service, we'll always be in your debt, your kindness and care, we will Never Forget! Together, we remember John 15:13 “To lay down his life, no greater love hath thee…” Sending love from Grand Rapids and Traverse City, Michigan - Aero Med and North Flight Aero Med

Posted by Melissa Coleman

On behalf of my team at Habitat ReStore Health and Home here in the Quad Cities, I would like to give my heartbroken condolences to the families of the REMSA Care Flight Crew, The Rand Family, and all the hurting team left behind to grieve this devastating loss. Scott, Ryan, and Ed are heroes; these souls were and always will be an inspiration. Their collective passion for their job, positive attitudes, and determined desires to selflessly help those in need is a model we should all want to follow. Reading their testimonies and seeing their faces, I found myself grateful for the massive difference they made in this world. In the midst of moments where health lay in the balance, these men provided comfort and grace. We thank them...we thank their families....we thank the REMSA Team. I know my words will never be enough to fill the void of these amazing lives, but I steadfastly pray for an unearthly comfort and the presence of peace. We will stand in the gap for you all. These 5 souls will be remembered.

Posted by Malynda Calkins

I was saddened to hear of the recent loss that has impacted our community so deeply. I know that this is a difficult time for everyone, and I want to express my heartfelt condolences to those who have been affected. I understand that the loss has left a void in the community, and I want you to know that we are here to support you. I know that this loss will be felt for a long time. However, I also believe that this community has a strong spirit and that we will all come together to heal and support one another. Malynda Calkins-Northern NV HOPES Clinic

Posted by Darcy Houghton

Thank you to these first responders for their service to those in need. We wish all of the families the peace that passes understanding. I am thankful for the love shared among all of the individuals, offer my condolences and pray that somehow this tragedy becomes a blessing.

Posted by Anonymous

You are loved. Hearts are so heavy with the loss of the dedicated providers who risk their lives each day. Being in service to others is a gift that so many of us appreciate. May your hearts heal by knowing your loved ones are special.

Posted by Lianne Inwood

My heart goes out to family and friends affected by this crash. It is devastating to our community, too. We all appreciate all that you do to save the lives of our loved ones. 20 years ago, my daughter survived a traumatic accident. I owe her life to Care Flight nurses, pilot and crew. I can’t express enough my gratitude. Love to all associated w/ Care Flight.

Posted by Anonymous

Sending our Sincere Condolences to the family and friends. May you all Rest in Eternal Paradise ?

Posted by Anonymous

"Because they cannot keep themselves for a day, we will keep them forever in memory and give them immortality"

Posted by Lauren Thompson

I am so sorry for your loss I can’t even imagine the pain you are feeling right now and I want you to know I am sending love and hugs your way. Your story has come across my Facebook feed so many times and it just wrecks my heart seeing everything you guys are going through. Please find comfort in the thoughts that you are not alone and you do not have to go through this alone.

Posted by Anonymous

To the Remsa families and the families of the patient and his wife who lost loved ones in the Stage Coach crash, As a former passenger years ago you were there in my time of need and so many others in their times of need... May you know that you are not alone as you mourn the loss of some real American heros. The men and women of Emergency responce are a true calling of and your family members were helping and died in the line of duty as first responders... May God watch over you and comfort you in this sad time... May these five souls rest in peace.

Posted by Anonymous

The nurse family in Reno will always be here for Ed and his family, we love and miss you.

Posted by Jessica Ruppert

Those lost in the pursuit of saving others will never be forgotten. The sacrifice for greater purpose will forever live on in the hearts of family, friends, and community you leave behind. Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by this tragic accident, endless love and support during these difficult times.

Posted by Anonymous

We come together from around the country in support of the families so tragically affected by this horrible event. Our hearts are heavy and we are here to do whatever we can to help you. -Rotor Wing Flight Nurse, former Care Flight RN.

Posted by Annette+Andy Strassner

Our hearts and love go out to the families. We know your pain all to well and pray for you all to find strength, comfort and support. Fly high Heros.... we will always remember

Posted by Deb Milliner

Even though I never met these amazing individuals, my heart breaks for their friends and families. My hope is that everyone finds some peace in this tragic hour. Know you are loved and were loved during your brief time on Earth. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Jillian & Mike Buschine

Keeping you all close in our hearts during this unimaginable time.

Posted by Anonymous

In love we remember those that no longer walk this Earth. We are grateful to God for the gift of their lives, for the joys we shared, and for the cherished memories that never fade. May God grant those who mourn the strength to see beyond their sorrows, sustaining them despite their grief. May the faith that binds us to our loved ones be a continuing source of comfort. Rest easy Gentlemen.

Posted by Tom Fennell

To our friends at REMSA and Care Flight, Our most sincere condolences go out to you all. We are a very small industry and to have this occur, we all want to reach out and let you know the grief we all have. We know the words are not enough to carry you through. Our hope is for your faith, family and friends give you the strength needed in these difficult times. With deepest sorrow, Mayo Clinic Ambulance

Posted by Anonymous

Lifting the REMSA Team up in prayer. Keeping you in our thoughts as you work through this difficult time.

Posted by Douglas Hooten

Having been close to the REMSA family for many years through their affiliation with AIMHI, I would like everyone to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. All of the EMS family stands with you. May God bless and keep you strong! Doug

Posted by Chip Decker

On behalf of the entire team at the Richmond Ambulance Authority, please accept our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to the friends and families of those lost on February 24th. Words cannot begin to express how saddened and how heavy our hearts are for our colleagues and friends at REMSA Health. From all of us at RAA, are thoughts are with you, today and always.

Posted by Anonymous

I add my heart and tears with all others hoping to give some comfort to the REMSA families during this heartbreaking time. May you each receive peace within your hearts, if not today, soon. God grant their souls eternal peace.

Posted by Claudia Arguello

I am so sorry for the loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones. Such heartbreaking tragedy. My heart goes out to you all.

Posted by art/kimmy coleman

Our Prayers are with the families along with the members of REMSA. May peace be with each one.

Posted by Anonymous

Ryan was a true hero. Not only to his patients, but to those who looked up to him. I can’t even begin to express the impact you made on me as a person and provider, but they will be there forever. To Ed and Scott, I never met you, but from what I have heard, you have had similar impact on others. It’s also very evident how well the Rand family was loved, and that shows how they were incredible people.

Posted by Christa and Jacob Vinzant

Thank you for your service. Your families and friends will be in our prayers.

Posted by David Stumbaugh

My heartfelt condolences to all the families and flight families. My prayers are with you all. My prayer for strength, comfort and peace. Much love to you all.

Posted by Ben Clayton

To the Care Flight family from the Life Flight Network family, our deepest condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts during this unimaginably difficult time and we are here to help if there is anything we can do.

Posted by Barbie HERTZ

To the family, friends and colleagues of the Remsa members who recently passed in the line of duty: I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers for healing during this time of grief and loss. I pray for comfort and understanding for all of you

Posted by Anonymous

My condolences to the families of the five souls aboard that flight ........... also to the Remsa family. Our community mourns with you.

Posted by Anonymous

I've worked along side of some of these good people. Professionals through and through. You will all be missed. With the greatest respect, A grateful retired Deputy Sheriff

Posted by A. Manfredo

Condolences to the friends and families of those killed trying to transport someone to get the medical care needed. They are truly brave angels. These men and women are truly hero’s who fly and brave the turbulent skies of the Sierra Nevada to transport people for urgent needs. God bless you all.

Posted by Anonymous

This was an absolute tragedy. I want to send my love and prayers to all those who were personally affected by this sad situation. I can't speak for everyone but I know many of us here in Stagecoach are thinking about you all, and praying for you as well.

Posted by Sharon Spangler

My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone they really loved and cared about. Such a tragic accident. At the same time, I am so grateful for the REMSA crews who always put saving lives first in their jobs everyday. True heroes.

Posted by Stephie Mager

Wishing you strength through this tragic loss. They will never be forgotten in our hearts. My son, Stephen Smith, lost his life in a car crash. Care Flight was there and made sure he was transported to a Trauma Center as quickly as possible. Your work is so essential and the dedication of the men and women choosing to place their lives at risk each time they board an aircraft or ride a speeding vehicle is beyond words. Our hearts are broken for the families, Remsa staff, and everyone close to these 5 deaths.

Posted by Anonymous

Such a tragedy. My heartfelt condolences to all involved. May you find all the peace you need and may the Lord hold you all close.

Posted by Scott Tenney

On behalf of the entire AMR family throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia….. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected. We honor with you, we grieve with you, and we seek for the greater understanding of the precious lives lost.

Posted by Betty Easley

I write the Wings-n-Things column for the Mineral County Independent-News and this is the column I wrote to honor all who serve those in need and in remembrance of Care Flight N273SM. It will be published in the paper March 2, 2023. Until they are needed, not too much thought is usually given to all the people who serve as first responders to accidents or medical emergencies. Normally they are the people who operate on the ground like fire departments, police departments, and medical personnel. In the case of accidents the medical helicopters may be called in for the patients, or ground ambulances. When patients need to be transported to more advanced medical facilities, air ambulance aircraft are called to fly them there. And many can testify how critical those flights have been. In the 15 plus years I have served at the airport as greeter, I have had many contacts with different air ambulance companies and several models of aircraft they have flown. To try to mention them all would be to leave someone out, but one thing that has been a constant, is the absolute dedication to their mission to serve those in need and everyone of them is proud of what they do. This is true of the ground ambulance crews that meet the planes and of the pilot and medical crew on the aircraft. It is a service that has saved many lives and shortened their misery from illness and pain. And it takes a very special person to take on and believe in those missions. Thank you all. Care Flight Pilatus PC-12 N273SM had been to HTH many times. We share the heartbreak and send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of pilot Scott Walton, flight nurse Ed Pricola, paramedic Ryan Watson, and patient Mark Rand and his wife Terri Rand who perished in a crash on February 24, 2023. It is a tragic time for all air ambulance companies and the world of medevac services flown by both civilian and military crews who dedicate their lives to serve others. Betty Easley

Posted by Ann Burke

Here were a trio of three dedicated individuals performing their expertise in assisting a patient and relative with health issues. May Our Heavenly Lord hold them close, and grant them peace and eternal love. These Angels will be forever in our hearts.

Posted by Pam Moore

My heart broke a little more when I learned of the loss of the flight crew and passengers. In December 2022, my ex-husband was flown to Salt Lake City, Utah, so it hit closer to home for me. I always pray for the flight crew, medics, and patients when I see a flight. I am praying for the families of those who were lost and for those who knew and loved these people. May God bless each and every one. My sincerest sympathies.

Posted by Anonymous

Praying for all the friends and family members of those we lost in this horrific accident. Having lost a loved one years ago in an airplane accident I can relate to the emptiness you feel. We must remember and take special care of the children and grand-children who have been left behind.

Posted by Anonymous

Heartfelt sympathy for all those closest to those who have passed. In this great time of need know every person who knows of this tragedy immediately say prayers for your spiritual comfort. Time will eventually heal the scars upon your hearts and allow the beautiful memories of these lives lived so well in the service of others. The greatest of human endeavors.

Posted by Anonymous

I am deeply sorry for those families and friends that lost a loved one. God must have needed angels. They were angels on this earth and now are angels above. Sending our deepest condolences. May God wrap you all in His golden light of peace.

Posted by Anonymous

My heart aches for all of these families so deeply affected by this tragic crash. Please know so many are lifting you up in prayer. May God bless you all with His wings of comfort and peace. *He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. * Thank you Remsa heroes for all you do.

Posted by Andrew Knight

Sincere condolences to the REMSA Family.

Posted by Lee Brown

As a First Responder here in north Alabama I can say this tragedy and the losses and the grief are felt across the EMS community in the US. Deepest sympathy.

Posted by Anonymous

My Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of those lost in this tragedy, my thoughts and prayers also go out to the staff of REMSA health, lord please give comfort to the friends, families, and Co workers of the victims who were taken way too soon, Amen.

Posted by Susan Toberman

There are no words to say in times like these. I am so sorry, and may God give you the peace and love to heal in time. With great sympathy and thought, Sue

Posted by Joe Hager

Bear, You where one of my best friends I couldn’t have had better people in my life than you and Terri. I’ll miss you bro. -Joe

Posted by preston white

I am thinking of you all and sending hope for peace for the whole REMSA/Guardian family.

Posted by Marissa Katz

My condolences to all the REMSA families and the patients families affected in this tragedy accident our thoughts and prayers are with you all Brandon and Marissa

Posted by Michelle Outland

Our hearts are so saddened by this great loss which has impacted our community so deeply. We extend our sincerest appreciation to these brave emergency responders (and their families) who worked tirelessly to save countless lives and sacrificed their own lives in service to others. Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. The Outland Family Sparks, Nevada

Posted by Debbie De Vay

My sincerest condolences to the victims of this tragedy and their families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you to all of the REMSA responders for all that you do for our community.

Posted by Kelly Duncan

Prayers and healing for all those affected by this tragic loss. Such a huge loss for our community and all of the family, friends and colleagues of these wonderful people.

Posted by Julie Gwin

Please accept the condolences of myself and all my colleagues at Northern Nevada HOPES; we are all thinking of you and your loved ones. This is a terrible loss to our community and to all of us. You have our deepest sympathy and unwavering support for the vital work that you do every day.

Posted by Pam Hill

To the families, friends and co workers of those that died in this tragic accident, know that many people are praying for support and some form of peace as you move forward from this horrific loss. I am an RN of 55 years and have worked with the skilled and courageous men and women of Care Flight and other services. God blessed them with great bravery to carry out these rescues and am so very sad for the loss of these care givers in such a tragic way. God bless the loved ones of the patient and his wife and give them strength and blessings during this time. God bless and support you all at this time.

Posted by Don Scott

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of those brave, good people, and send condolences to their loved ones and colleagues. May you take time to mourn; and then, when the time is right, may you celebrate the fact that they were in your lives, and enriched all of us with their heroic work.

Posted by Ed Powers

Prayers for the peace that passes all understanding. Prayers for strength, so the providers and family left behind to carry on and continue to make a difference in the world. May their memory continue to be a blessing to all who knew and loved them.

Posted by Shawn Baird

We are so saddened by your loss, our heart is with you.

Posted by Ashleigh Marglin

My deepest and sincerest condolences during this extremely difficult time. No words can be said that will help to ease the pain, but my prayers will be for peace and comfort! Their love and dedication will never be lost or forgotten!!!!

Posted by Erin Dolgan

Our prayers and thoughts will be with the families of the fallen, as well as all of you at REMSA and in the community. We will keep you in our hearts as you navigate this tragedy. It always seems so tragic when those who live to help others are lost in the act of helping. Our deepest condolences to all of you at REMSA and the families and friends of the loved ones lost. Sending our love!

Posted by Nicole Denison

Our sincerest condolences to all who lost their lives, and to those whom their departure has left behind. I'm sure no words that may offer solace right now, but know your families are in our prayers and we are here to support you all during this time.

Posted by Merlene Ward

So sorry for your loss! Sending lots of prayers! So heartbreaking.

Posted by Donna Sellars

My heartfelt condolances are with the families of those involved and to the rest of the crew. We are here for you if anyone needs to talk. We have been in your shoes and know about all the feelings that go along with this. Prayers, hugs and loads of love to our brothers and sisters of the sky.

Posted by Amanda Riordan

Our hearts are heavy for your unimaginable loss. Please know that the American Ambulance Association is here for you in this season of mourning. We are thinking of the friends, family, and colleagues of those who lost their lives.

Posted by Charlene Manley

Sending my heartfelt condolences to the entire REMSA Care Flight family ~ Char

Posted by Linda Frederiksen-MEDIC EMS

Much love and support from our team to yours as you navigate this unimaginable situation-know that you have our hearts and strength from Davenport, Iowa, as you begin your tremendous healing process-God Bless! From the entire team at MEDIC EMS

Posted by Paul Main

Sending prayers and our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and REMSA family from all of us here at American Ambulance of Visalia.

Posted by Ken Simpson

We are all so sad to learn about this tragedy. On behalf of everyone at MedStar here in Fort Worth, you all and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Rob Lawrence

On behalf of the California Ambulance Association, we wish to pass on our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all those involved in this tragic event. They may be gone, but they will never be forgotten and we will always remember them. The CAA Board and Members.

Posted by Michael Klug

I was working at the fire station on a Thanksgiving day in the mid 90's, when we received word that a Care Flight helicopter had crashed killing all on board. It was a heart-wrenching day for us. The flight crews are like angels bravely descending down from heaven to save lives. God bless them all and may God comfort their families, colleagues and friends.

Posted by Tristan Martinez Valcher

Thank you for everything you all do. 2017, a Care Flight was taken from Elko up to Reno to save my mom. Although past the point of saving, you worked your hardest. The proper care was administered to the best of their abilities. I can’t imagine the amount of lives that have been changed and saved due to Care Flight. Without your service, thousands of lives would be changed. This loss is felt throughout Reno and further, may the souls of those lost rest in peace.

Posted by Anonymous

To the family's of the victims what brave hearts my deepest condolence may the blessings of the Lord doing this difficult time watch over you all

Posted by Nancy Tatum

I'm so incredibly sorry to all of you for your losses. To the young wives and young children. To the parents, grandparents and all the family and friends of those lost in this terrible tragedy. May you find some small peace in knowing so many are praying for you and thinking of you at his time. There really are no words strong enough. God bless you all.

Posted by Evelyn Lindauer

God bless all the souls on the plane.

Posted by Heidi Markus

Much love for our Care Flight/REMSA family during this difficult time. We are honored to work with you every day to care for our patients and make transfers happen. Renown Transfer and Operations Center

Posted by Mariah Wagner

To all the Families/Friends of those lost- Myself and my husband, Kyle, send our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences as you all grieve your loss. It takes a special person to do what the 3 gentleman did and a blessing that the Rand's were able to spend their final moments together. Take time to grieve and feel all the feels. You have a strong and supportive community behind you. We hope in time you will find comfort in all the memories and will even laugh and smile at all the good times shared with each of these individuals. We pray for comfort as this story unfolds and that you find strength as you face this world without your loved one. RIP to all who have lost their lives.

Posted by Julie Battenfield

We can only imagine the pain you all are experiencing. Thank you for all you continue to do to help your community and serve people so well. We are praying for you and for the friends and family of all involved.

Posted by Ann Weiler

My heart is reeling for loss of what i still consider my co workers, even though i was with REMSA for just under 5 years, I will always think about the important work they do, For my own family and the community it was and is always special. Sending hugs to the families and co workers . May God and his Angels keep you company and bless you.

Posted by Lisa Clark

My Heart Goes Out To The Five Beautiful Souls Lost in This Tragedy,God Bless All of Them and Their Families and Friends, So Very Sorry.

Posted by Korina Santos

As the wife of a local first responder, I understand the sacrifices these men and women make, and the risk they take in their professions every day to save the lives of others. My heartfelt condolences and prayers and love go out to the entire medical and first responder community, and to each and every family member of the victims that were tragically lost on Friday night. We are all wrapping our hearts and arms around you.

Posted by Sue Myers - Strehlow

Thanks for all the transportation of patients that have been shipped to a higher level of care. I transferred premature babies. We’re all in this together and I’m sending my deepest sympathies.

Posted by Madison Corkill

While I only worked at REMSA for a short time, I had the privilege of working with some of the most exceptional human beings in the world. Ryan was one of those humans. He, and Ed and Scott, will be remembered forever. My heart is broken for my friends still with REMSA and CareFlight. My thoughts and prayers will be with the families of the fallen as well as the REMSA family as you call navigate this tragedy.

Posted by Diane Boyle

May God grant you comfort through this unfathomable tragedy. Thank you for all of your service to your community. You were appreciated more than you know. Prayers to all of your families, friends and coworkers and may memories sustain you. Prayers for the patient and his wife who were also lost. God Bless all of you and may you rest in heroes Paradise together.

Posted by Tawnya Chase

My condolences to all the families involved in this tragic loss. Prayers and healing to all.

Posted by Julie Hallauer

May memories of your loved ones be a blessing to you until you see them again.

Posted by Christine Palmquist

My prayers go out to the entire REMSA family. Our daughter works for REMSA and I know she loves you all like family. When a tragedy happens, it effects all. Love to you all.

Posted by Anonymous

My deepest condolences to those lost. May they rest in peace. REMSA is such an amazing organization and the loss hits close to home for many of us. I have you all in my thoughts.

Posted by Shirley Baltzer

To all those who have made the sacrifice and to those who continue, you will never be forgotten. May God continue to comfort you all and give you strength to carry on in this time of sorrow and loss. We are all with you and your families in prayer, in silence and in heart. God bless, Always.

Posted by Anonymous

My heartfelt condolences to all the families and friends affected by this tragedy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Melissa Kauffman

First from our team to each of you. We are sending love and support each second. Our hearts break while watching you all navigate this terrible journey. They will forever be in our hearts as will each of you. To the crew we pray for you as you continue the work that also brings us all so much joy. You are strong but know it is okay not to be okay. We stand with you and I’m always willing to sit quietly with no words or listen as you sort through this difficult situation. To the crew we lost. We will continue your good fight from here. We pray you only have fair weather and tailwinds. Till we meet again. Melissa Kauffman

Posted by Sam Watts

To my CF fam, my time spent with you will remain one of my greatest memories, I am hurting with all of you and are keeping you all in my prayers. Ryan, man. From day 1 of EMT school, to finishing medic school together, you were the man. Won’t ever forget all of our memories. The last time I saw you, we talked about getting a drink soon so that I could see your kiddo, and talk to Kailey after so many years of not seeing her. You loved your family more than anything in the world, and you were one of the best medics I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I miss you.

Posted by Kathleen Becker

I cannot even begin to know the heartache and loss of all of your sudden loss of your precious loved one. I can only be here for you in whatever way that you need, and as a Unit Clerk at Renown Regional, we are all family. Do not ever forget that. Take it one breath at a time. All of my love.

Posted by Patty Pruett

God bless this crew of life savers who braved the horrific weather to save a young life. My family sends our deepest condolences to all those lost on this flight, including the family member of the original medical victim. Bless their families and friends and co-workers.

Posted by Randi Thompson

REMSA Health is such an incredible organization that takes great care of our community. Now our community needs to come together to support REMSA staff and their families, and the family of the patient, as they deal with such a sad loss. You are all in our prayers.

Posted by Anonymous

My sincere thoughts are with all of the families and REMSA staff who are grieving the loss of those impacted. We are here to support you!

Posted by South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue

Our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those who were lost. Sending love.

Posted by Emily Lee

We are keeping the families and children of those lost in our thoughts and hearts. Sending all our love and deepest condolences. -Growing Up Reno-Tahoe

Posted by Scott Oxarart

I am so thankful for the work REMSA Health does on a daily basis to provide care at critical times for people in Northern Nevada. That work is inherently dangerous and the loss of these heroes is incredibly sad. I hope you all see the support from your community here and know that we appreciate all that you do.

Posted by Jeff and Melissa Partyka

We send our heartfelt condolences to the victims families after this tragedy! Words cannot express the sorrow that is felt to each of the families, the coworkers and all the first responders. God blesses those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Posted by Amy Roukie

My sympathy to you and your team in this very difficult time. I was devastated when I heard the news on Saturday morning. Please know that you are all in my prayers. Thank you for the work you do every day. This just reminds us how fragile life is, and how important and yet risky your jobs are. First responders roles are often more difficult than the rest of us could possibly know. Bless you all for the hard work and dedication to helping our community when we are in need.

Posted by Ski Patrol Grif

My sincere and heart-felt condolences to family and work/career family. Bonds made in this work are so strong and no words from me can express the overwhelming grief that must felt by so many. I pray for comfort and peace for all those who will have to continue on.

Posted by Alan Christensen

I am so sorry for the loss of those great professionals who fly Care Flight and those who were being taken to the Hospital for emergency services. I am so sorry for your loss. I was in an accident many years ago and it was Care Flight and the great professionals who cared for me and helped me arrive safely at the hospital to receive the emergency services I needed. Once again mine and my families heart goes out to all of the families who lost loved ones on this flight and know that we in Nevada love and care about those who fly on Life flight taking sick or injured people to the hospitals they need to go to. Please know that we are deeply saddened by your loss. Thank You, Alan Christensen

Posted by Lisa Hall

Ryan brought the critical care ambulance to our preschool last week and taught the students about all the workings of the rig, the gurney, and how to take their pulse. He was so genuinely kind and caring towards the children and it was no surprise he would be that way with his patient as well. Risking all to potentially help another is a higher calling that is so admirable and praiseworthy. We are grateful we got to meet him and will forever treasure the memories of his visit to our school. Our sympathies and prayers go out to his family and the staff. We are heartbroken with you over this tragic accident. May another brave soul step up to take over his commitment to our city: Ryan, you will be missed by us all- rest in peace sweet friend.

Posted by Anonymous

Prayers for all the family’s of our flying angels that have given all to help the ones who need help.

Posted by Carla Murakami

Dear REMSA family: Almost 2 years ago, my 29 year old son was transported via fixed wing from Reno to Salt Lake City for life saving treatment due to covid. He is with us today and is soon to be married! I remember April 9, 2021 every day. As we drove toward Utah in the middle of the night, your staff on the plane kept him alive and brought him to Salt Lake City, where he was transferred to the University of Utah Hospital so that he could receive ECMO, an advanced life support. Because of that, he is with us today. I am heart broken over the loss of life and family sorrow that has occurred with this crash. Please know, 100% know, that the work you do is lifesaving and makes SUCH a difference to us here in Northern Nevada. Thank you for the bottom of my heart and soul, every day, for your work. I wish there was more to say, from a mom’s heart…to all of yours.. thank you and I’m so, so sorry.

Posted by Anonymous

My wife and myself are shocked and so sad to hear about this tragic accident. We are praying this never happens again.

Posted by Anonymous

Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your families at Care Flight and REMSAHEALTH. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you during this difficult time. We would like to be kept informed of any services so we can stand in solidarity and support if available.

Posted by Nova Scotia EMS

Nova Scotia EHS has always had a connection to REMSA as much of what we do has been modeled on the success and professionalism of your service. We are heartbroken learning about the Air Ambulance incident involving your team. Please know we are thinking of you all as you lead and navigate your organization during this very challenging time.

Posted by Anonymous

I want to express my sincere condolences for the loss of your crew, patient and all involved families as to your work family as well. Heartbreaking and all will be in my prayers. Words are not adequate.

Posted by Anonymous

I just want to extend my sympathy to the families of your pilot and medical staff who were tragically killed last night in Stagecoach, NV. We have been forever grateful for the wonderful care you gave my husband a few years ago on a flight from Yerington to Reno, and 2 weeks later from Reno to San Jose, CA and ambulance to Stanford. I send prayers to all of the Care Flight “family” as you grieve.

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