The family of Charles "Wayne" Kirby released the following statement Tuesday regarding the passing of the pilot.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Charles "Wayne" Kirby meant a tremendous amount to our immediate family, extended family and our community family. It is most unfortunate that we have lost him here on earth, but we are fortunate to know that Wayne had a saving relationship with his Savior Jesus, and that he understood what most people don't. Wayne knew what his purpose here on earth was; to serve God by loving and serving people. Wayne's life was a picture of service to us all. He served our country as a soldier in the United States Army. He served in Vietnam from 1969 - 1971.
Wayne knew that good deeds done without love were pointless, but those done out of love were seeds sewn for eternity.
Wayne gave his life serving our community. Our family mourns not only his passing, but also that of his friends, his crewmates, and the patient they were trying to save.
Words can not express the void Wayne's passing has left in our hearts. To our family he is a husband, dad, 'father-in-love', Paw Paw, son, friend, he is a hero.
Our hearts go out to our family and friends and those of Stephanie, Jana and Mr. Disman.
God is with us,
The Kirby Family
Kirby died early Sunday morning, when the medical helicopter he was flying crashed near Huntsville, killing all four people on board.
Kirby had more than 30 years of flight experience.
A memorial has been scheduled for the crew of PHI's Air Med 12 out of Bryan.
That memorial will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bryan Wednesday at 1p.m.