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Southern Ky. first responders and family remember paramedic killed in crash

Herman Lee Dobbs was one of three killed when the Air Evac helicopter went down in Clay County last Thursday.

Flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Under dark and rainy skies outside, dozens of emergency vehicles stood at the ready. Music played inside Hawk Creek Church and comforting words were said of a man who died while in service to others.

“He always said the patient is always first regardless of what kind of call I am on. The patient is always first,” said Emilee Dobbs Thursday, right before the funeral for her husband.

He’s remembered for his hard work and being a devoted family man.

“He loved his boys. His boys were his life,” she said.

The Dobbs family only called Kentucky home for two years, but his wife said she could tell he made a lot of impact on a lot of people in such a short time.

“I don’t think he ever met a stranger. That’s the kind of person he was. And he’d give his shirt off his back if they needed it,” she said.

Dobbs worked for emergency services in several southeastern Kentucky counties.

“He was very knowledgeable. He took care of his patients very well. And he is truly going to be missed,” said Debbie Daniels, who worked with Dobbs at London’s St. Joseph Hospital.

And while the past week has been extremely hard...

“Horrible. It’s been a nightmare. We are all devastated,” said Dobbs.

They have the comfort that this one life changed many others.


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