BISMARCK, N.D. — At least 39 North Dakota ambulance services plan to participate in a Monday procession as part of a memorial for three people killed in an air ambulance crash near Bismarck.
Ambulances from districts across the state are set to appear in the procession, said Kelly Dollinger, president of the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association.
"You're not going to keep them away," he said. "This is an EMS family."
Dollinger told the Bismarck Tribune he expects the number of participants to grow. He said the procession is also "bound to see" ambulances from other states such as Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.
The air ambulance crashed into a farm field shortly after taking off from Bismarck on Nov. 18. The crash killed all three people on board: 48-year-old pilot Todd Lasky and 63-year-old nurse Bonnie Cook, both of Bismarck, and 47-year-old paramedic Chris Iverson, of Mandan. The twin-engine plane was flying to Williston to pick up a patient.
The Civil Air Patrol said an initial analysis by an Air Force rescue center indicated the Cessna 441 turboprop might have broken up in midair.
Rev. Greg Carr, lead chaplain for Crisis Care Chaplaincy, said the public service in Bismarck will give people a chance to grieve and remember those who died in the crash. Carr said seating is planned for about 3,100.
"I think it's awesome to see all of the departments, EMS, fire correctional, every first response group come together, the medical group, having all of these people come together and support one another is one of the most heartfelt things I've seen in my entire life," Carr said. "It's just beautiful."