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Friends remember Bell Co. man killed in helicopter crash

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Flight nurse Jesse Jones

Flight nurse Jesse Jones

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - 28-year-old Jesse Jones is one of the three men whose life was taken far too soon after the helicopter they were flying crashed Thursday night.

Jesse Jones was flying to Manchester in a medical helicopter with Eddy Sizemore and Lee Dobbs when it suddenly crashed and landed in a parking lot just 150 yards away from their destination.

“I’m like please tell me it wasn't him, please tell me it wasn't him. It was just so devastating that I couldn’t believe it,” said Jesse Jones’ former co-worker, Gabby Childers.

In the wake of this tragedy, friends and family are left with only their lasting memories of Jesse and the imprint he made on their lives.

Those who knew the Bell County native describe him as a loving father, a devoted friend and a dedicated nurse at the Pineville Community Hospital.

“He liked being the nurse here at the hospital but even more so as the flight nurse,” said Janice Willis, one of Jones’ co-workers.

Even during these difficult days, friends say they find comfort knowing that Jesse died living his dream.

“I know that even if he had to do 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,” Childers said.

That’s how many will remember him---the young man who risked his life every day for the sake of saving others.

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