WOODRUFF – Ascension Wisconsin and Air Methods will host a memorial service to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in an air ambulance helicopter crash in late April near Minocqua.
Gregory Rosenthal, 43, of Mosinee; Rico Caruso, 34, of Hazelhurst; and Klint Mitchell, 30, of Watersmeet died in the April 26 crash, police said. The crew was headed back to northern Wisconsin after transporting a patient to Madison when contact was lost with the aircraft, officials said.
The service is open to anyone in the community and will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 8950 Highway J, Woodruff.
The roughly 90-minute service will conclude with a flyover by air medical transport teams from across the state, according to an Ascension news release.
“Our first priority is to welcome anyone who has a connection to our organization,” it said in the Ascension release. “This includes clinicians, associates, volunteers, EMS and public safety partners, board members, patients, donors or anyone in the community who desires to attend and pay tribute with us.”
There also will be a live Webcast of the Memorial Service on the Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AscensionWisconsinSpirit/.
The Howard Young Foundation is using the Helping Hands fund for donations to benefit the families of the Spirit team affected by this tragedy. To donate, visit the foundation’s website at www.howardyoungfoundation.org or call 715-439-4005. Gifts also can be mailed to Howard Young Foundation, P.O. Box 470, Woodruff, WI 54568; make checks payable to Howard Young Foundation – Spirit.