In Loving Memory
In the early morning hours of December 30, 2007, a Bell 206L-3 helicopter, N109AE, operating as Air Evac 16, crashed while performing search and rescue operations for a lost hunter in the Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area near Cherokee, Alabama.
After locating the hunter at approximately 3:00 AM, the aircraft was in a hovering pattern providing light for rescuers on the ground when it crashed, fatally injuring all three members of the flight crew, including Pilot Michael Baker, Flight Nurse Tiffany Miles, and Paramedic Allan Bragwell.
In addition to being a flight medic, Bragwell, a respected EMS professional, was employed as Director of Emergency Medical Services at Helen Keller Hospital in Colbert County and a volunteer with the Underwood-Petersville Volunteer Fire Department.
The selfless gift of life made by these heroes will not soon be forgotten.