Memorial set for Rockford medical helicopter crash

ROCKFORD – Three chimes will ring out Tuesday in Rockford, one for each victim of a medical helicopter crash that killed a pilot and two nurses in northern Illinois a year ago.

The one-year anniversary memorial will be at Rockford Memorial Hospital. It will include a moment of silence, remarks from the hospital chaplain and then the three chimes, the Rockford Register Star reports. Employees will wear blue along with ribbon pins, wristbands and T-shirts.

Jim Dillow, Karen Hollis and Andy Olesen were members of the medical flight crew who died in the rural Compton crash on Dec. 10 last year. The helicopter crashed in Lee County on the way to pick up a patient in Mendota.

“This is not a journey that you can ever plan,” chief nurse executive Sue Schreier said. “Because we work in health care, we always have some education and some experiences with the grief process and how to support the grief process. But a grief process for an organization, it was really new territory.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash.