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Memorial Held For Crew Killed In Lee County Crash

Posted by wlpo on December 20, 2012

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – Hundreds of mourners gathered to remember a pilot and two nurses killed in a medical helicopter crash near Compton in Lee County.

The memorial was yesterday at Rock Valley College in Rockford for 65-year-old pilot Andy Olesen and nurses, 48-year-old Karen Hollis and 40-year-old Jim Dillow. The three died Dec. 10 when the helicopter crashed in a field after encountering bad weather. The pilot and nurses were headed back to the hangar after abandoning a trip to retrieve a patient at Mendota Community Hospital.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey told mourners the three are heroes and “will be remembered.” Three white flight helmets stood as a memorial.

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