LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The names of the three people killed in the crash of a medical helicopter Sunday night near DeWitt have been released.
A news release from Pafford Medical Services identifies them as Air Methods pilot, Michael (Mike) Bollen, 46, of Hot Springs; a Pafford flight nurse, James (Jim) Lawson Spruiell, 61, of Sulligent, AL; and, a Pafford flight paramedic (Trey Auld) John Auld III, 26, of Shreveport, LA.
Bollen is a U.S. Army veteran and also served as a trainer, according to Linked In. He has flown medical helicopters for the last three years. Photo courtesy Facebook.
The news release continues with this additional information:
The crash occurred during a response from the helicopter’s station in Pine Bluff to Helena Regional Medical Center. The Bell 407 GXP medical helicopter is owned, operated and maintained for Pafford Air One by Air Methods Corporation.
The cause of the crash is not known. However, the investigation is in its early stages. The NTSB’s expected arrival at the crash site is about midday on Monday, Nov. 20.
“We are all devastated and profoundly saddened by the tragic loss of these valued EMS colleagues and friends. We will continue to try and comfort the crew’s families as well as everyone in our employ,” said Dustin Ross, Director for Pafford Air One, in the release.
Statement on Death of Krewe of Centaur Member Lost In Helicopter Crash:
"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the Pafford AIR MED helicopter crash near DeWitt, AR, late Sunday evening, carrying three crew members. We are even more saddened to learn that one of the crew members was a beloved Krewe of Centaur member and was currently serving as this year’s Duke of Fun, Trey Auld (photo below). Trey will be greatly missed as he was loved by many in our Krewe family. We as a Krewe, extend our deepest sympathies for such a tragic accident and loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families," read a statement in a news release issued Monday afternoon from Krewe of Centaur.