Memorial service to honor Wis. medical helicopter crash victims

Rico Caruso, Klint Mitchell and Greg Rosenthal were killed when the Ascension Wisconsin Spirit helicopter crashed on its way back to its base


By EMS1 Staff

WOODRUFF, Wis. — A memorial service will honor three men who were killed in a medical helicopter crash.

Channel3000 reported that a memorial service will be held for pilot Rico Caruso, flight paramedic Greg Rosenthal and flight nurse Klint Mitchell, who were killed last week when an Ascension Wisconsin Spirit flight crashed on its way back to its base.

This image provided by the Oneida County Sheriff's Office in Rhinelander, Wis., shows the wreckage of the medical helicopter.
This image provided by the Oneida County Sheriff's Office in Rhinelander, Wis., shows the wreckage of the medical helicopter. (Photo/Oneida County Sheriff's Office via AP)
 

Here are the men who safely delivered a patient before losing their lives during the tragic accident Thursday night....

Posted by Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport on Saturday, April 28, 2018

 

The memorial will be held Friday, May 4 in Woodruff at Holy Family Catholic Church at 10 a.m.

The service will be hosted by Ascension Wisconsin Spirit and Air Methods and will include an honor guard presentation and a flyover. The memorial will be available to view live on Facebook.

Caruso’s obituary described him as someone who was “passionate about family, friends, aviation, baseball, food and a great bottle of wine or a craft beer.”

Pilot Rico Caruso was one of three killed in a helicopter crash on April 27, 2018.
Pilot Rico Caruso was one of three killed in a helicopter crash on April 27, 2018. (Photo/Ascension Wisconsin Spirit)

“He will be remembered as someone with a true love for others, a generous heart and relentless smile,” the obituary continued.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Rosenthal’s family, and said he “loved his job as a flight for life nurse.”

“To us, he was a hero every day,” the page read.

Greg Rosenthal was one of three killed in a helicopter crash on April 27, 2018.
Greg Rosenthal was one of three killed in a helicopter crash on April 27, 2018. (Photo/GoFundMe)

A separate memorial service is scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home to honor Rosenthal in Wausau, according to the Wausau Daily Herald.

A procession will be held Thursday that will make its way to Woodruff, where Rosenthal will be buried.

A GoFundMe page set up to help Klint Mitchell’s fiancée, who is set to have their second child in a few weeks, described Mitchell as someone who enjoyed “helping others and saving lives.”

Klint Mitchell was one of three killed in a helicopter crash April 27, 2018.
Klint Mitchell was one of three killed in a helicopter crash April 27, 2018. (Photo/GoFundMe)

Over $40,000 has been raised for his family.

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