Service for Chopper Crew Focuses on Service

Wednesday's service for the fallen PHI helicopter crew was a collage of caregivers, a rainbow of colors from across the state, with a decisively black and gold touch, and remembrances of those who knew the four, and the thanks of others.

Hundreds made their way to First Baptist Church in Bryan. The hall remained empty until the miles-long procession finally arrived. PHI members first made their way into the church. Empty helmets sat at the front for the three on the crew, and pictures of the four on the helicopter sat in front.

Among the speakers were Bryan Fire Department Chief Mike Donoho and State Senator Steve Ogden. The senator presented flags to each of the families.

Family and friends also spoke in remembrance of the fallen. For the three PHI crew members -- Jana Bishop, Stephanie Waters and Wayne Kirby -- the over-arcing message was that service to others was second nature.

A statement read for the family of the patient in the crash, David Disman, said the family was thankful it was PHI with him in his final moments, trying to save his life.


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