Friends remember man killed in helicopter crash

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Friends and co-workers are remembering the lives of three medics that died in this week's helicopter crash.

In the Air Evac helicopter was pilot Eddy Sizemore, paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs, and flight nurse Jesse Jones. Jones was a nurse at the Pineville Community Hospital.

It is a busy day in the Emergency Room of the Pineville Community Hospital, but something is missing.

“I think everybody here's just devastated from what's happened,” said co-worker, Janice Willis.

Jesse Jones worked alongside several nurses as a flight nurse at the hospital, but now they are left with only his memory.

Friend and former co-worker Gabby Childers says she feared the worst.

“I'm like please tell me it wasn't him, please tell me it wasn't him.” Said Childers.

But she is confident that he died doing what he loved.

“I know that even if he had to do it over, to save that person he would have gotten in that helicopter. Even though he knew it was inevitable, he would have done it to save someone's life. That's just the person he was,” said Childers.

His fellow nurses saw his devotion firsthand in and outside of work.

“He saved lives for others. He risked his life every day. He was devoted to saving lives and he loved doing his job and his son,” said co-worker, Imajean Foister.

So now they hold on to the good times they have.

“He would sort of have a nick name for a lot of people he would give them a little nick name,” said Willis.

They say the hospital won't be the same without him.

Jones’ funeral services will be held at Creech Funeral Home in Middlesboro. Visitation will last from 4pm to 8pm, and the funeral will begin at 8pm.

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