REACT program returns to full service after crash - – Rockford’s News Leader

REACT program returns to full service after crash


After an early December crash claimed the lives of three crew members, Rockford Memorial Hospital's REACT helicopter program has resumed full air and ground service.

Service resumed on Sunday, February 3, with the flight of a patient from Freeport to RMH. The program is currently using a temporary Eurocopter EC135. It's permanent replacement, also a Eurocopter EC135, is being outfitted and painted. It is expected to arrive at the RMH campus in one to two months.

Pilot Andy Oleson and Flight Nurses Karen Hollis and Jim Dillow all perished in a December 10, 2012 crash just outside Rochelle. The crew was on its way to pick up a patient in Mendota when the helicopter went down. The cause is still under investigation.

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