Fire Chief Pays Tribute to Personal Heroes

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

The three victims, Jana Bishop, Stephanie Waters, and Wayne Kirby have certainly impacted the lives of emergency personnel across the state.

Including one local volunteer fire department who came to pay their respects.

"When you heard the chopper blades, we could always hear them before we saw them, and when I heard them I knew the cavalry was there," Dwayne Kenne said.

It was a sound of dependability for Flynn Fire Chief Dwayne Kenne. With no immediate hospitals in the Leon County area, Kenne says he often relied on the PHI crew to help out in times of emergency.

"The golden hour that you need to be at an emergency room, by ground you just couldn't get to either St. Joseph or Mexia or any surrounding hospitals," Kenne said.

The relationship between Kenne and the air medical crew wasn't just professional, it also became personal.

"My mother-in-law had a ruptured hernia and we had to life flight her to St. Joseph in Bryan," Kenne said.

That heroic act, is just one of the reasons Kenne and some his crew made the drive to Bryan Wednesday afternoon to honor the crew who saved so many.

A crew he'll always remember as Leon County's personal heros.

"They'll be sorely missed," Kenne said.

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