The Air Medical Memorial, a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,
was started in 2009 to honor air medical flight crew members
who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The AMM collects air medical accident information from a
number of sources and conducts research in an effort to create a complete
and accurate list of honorees. We encourage individuals who wish to submit
additional information or corrections to use our online research form or use the contact information provided below.
Ultimately, the information collected here will be used
to create an outdoor memorial. To learn more about the memorial, you
can download our Information Presentation using the link below and visit
our support page to find out how you can help by making a tax-deductible donation today.
Steven A. Sweeney
Co-founder, Board Chair
Tribute Film • Behind the Wings Support Network
Steven founded the Air Medical Memorial with his brother Kevin in January, 2009. The Sweeney brothers grew up around the Flight For Life program in Denver and watched the industry grow from its infancy in 1972. Steven works as a Marketing and Creative Director in the Denver metropolitan area. Early in his career, he worked as Investor Relations Manager at Air Methods in Englewood, Colorado.
In 1994, Kevin and Steven lost a friend, Sandy Sigman, when she and pilot Gary
McCall went down on Huron Peak in Colorado. A few months earlier, Steven
acting as a flight coordinator at Air Methods when an AirCare helicopter
went down in Bluefield, West Virginia killing Anthony Barbee, Karen
Canada, Donna Eaton and Michael
Kevin grew up being amazed by what helicopters were able to do. This extended
to an appreciation for what the crews on medical missions were doing to help
others and he was lucky enough to work for AirLife Denver for 9 years. He was
also transported by Flight for Life Colorado and flight nurse Sandy Sigman
after a climbing accident near Gross Reservoir, west of Denver.
Currently, Kevin works for South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in Centennial, Colorado
and dedicates his efforts on the Air Medical Memorial board to two
friends lost in air medical accidents, Sandy Sigman and Leslie Feldmann.
Keith M. Johnson
Secretary and Treasurer
Keith joined the Air Medical Memorial in mid-2009. Keith is a materials management
professional in the Rockford, IL area. He is a member of APICS – the
Association for Operations Management, and serves on their Board of
Directors as the Great Lakes District Director.
In 2008, Keith was a patient aboard LifeLine Helicopter from St. Anthony Medical
Center after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He came through his
surgery successfully and was released 8 days later. Three days after
his release, his brother-in-law was killed on MedFlight from the UW
Hospital and Clinics after successfully transporting their patient.
All three crew members, Dr. Darren Bean, Mark Coyne, RN, and pilot
Steve Lipperer were killed when their MedFlight helicopter went down
near LaCrosse, WI.
Krista Haugen, RN, MN, CEN
Public Information and Communications Officer, Survivors Network Co-founder
Survivor's Garden • Behind the Wings Support Network
Krista is a former flight nurse who lost three friends, Erin Reed, Lois Suzuki, and Steve Smith, to a helicopter EMS crash in 2005. One month later, she was in a helicopter EMS crash and survived. She is now the chair and co-founder of the Survivor's Network for Air & Surface Medical Transport, along with Megan Hamilton, Teresa Pearson, and Jonathan Godfrey. "I am thankful for this opportunity for our groups to collaborate for such an important cause. We must always learn from, remember, and honor those who have gone before us."
Mike has been in EMS since 1994. He worked for both rural and urban services including EMSA. Mike flew with MediFlight for five years until going into the CCU and ER at Oklahoma Heart Hospital. He rejoined his passion for flying once again; this time for EagleMed in April of 2010. Mike is married to Heather (also a CCU RN and former flight Paramedic) and has two amazing children (Josh and Abigail).
On 7/22/2010 Mike’s life was forever changed when he was the sole survivor of a crash during a mission just outside of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Flight nurse Ryan Duke and pilot Al Harrison were killed. “We will fly together again one day my brother.” - Mike
Dustin H. Duncan, RN, CEN, CMTE
Dustin began his career as a volunteer EMT while attending high school in southeast South Dakota. As an EMT he became aware of the positive impact area air medical transport programs make. That ultimately influenced his pursuit to become a flight nurse. Following three years of nursing experience in the ER, ICU, and in a burn unit, he became a flight nurse and later chief flight nurse with Mercy Flight in north central Montana. He later worked as chief flight nurse and program manager with St. Mary’s CareFlight in western Colorado. He is currently the program manager with AirLink Critical Care Transport in Bend Oregon.
Dustin’s been affected by the loss of friends and several colleagues involved in air medical crashes. Through his work as a board member with Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the MedEvac Foundation International, he’s also come to understand how these losses extend to and ultimately affect the families of those lost. He is currently chairperson for the Family Grant Fund and Children’s Scholarship sponsored by the MedEvac Foundation.
Air Medical Memorial Flight Chaplain representing the Association of Professional Flight Chaplains (APFC)
The Rev. Amelie Buchanan is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Association of Professional Flight Chaplains (APFC). She was as the first-ever Flight Chaplain for Flight for Life CO, where she served for five years (2003 – 2008), and later learned that she was the first Flight Chaplain to serve anywhere in the country. In 2007, she spoke at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) to overwhelming response. The need for flight chaplains was clear and obvious. Since December of 2008, she has dedicated herself to the mission and work of APFC.
Ms. Buchanan obtained her B.A. from Yale University. She received her Master’s in Divinity (M.Div.) from the Iliff School of Theology, where she graduated with honors. At St. Anthony hospital in Denver, CO, a major Trauma I Center in the region, she completed her Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training, where she served as a trauma chaplain in her second year. The Rev. Buchanan was ordained a Minister of Word & Sacrament in the PCUSA in 2003. She continues to serve her church and community in various ways, in addition to her work for APFC.
Timothy Pickering, AAMS President
Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS)
Sandy Correia, RN, BSN, CFRN, CCRN, CMTE
Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA)
Sandy is currently a Flight Nurse with Stanford Life Flight and has been flying
with the program since 1999. Sandy has served on the ASTNA board for
the last three years and is currently the Secretary and Treasurer.
She is also attending graduate school at UCSF completing her Master
of Science in Nursing/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree.
Sandy began her EMS career as an EMT at Stanford University in 1990 and has acted as a RN in the Emergency Department at San Francisco General Hospital and critical care units at Stanford prior to working for Stanford Life Flight.
Harinder S. Dhindsa, MD, MPH, MBA
Association of Air Medical Physicians (AMPA)
International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP)
Alex is the IAFP Hawaii State Delegate and is a flight paramedic with Priority
1 Air Rescue. While working as a flight paramedic at Hawaii Air Ambulance
Alex experienced the loss of six friends and fellow crewmembers. On
January 31, 2004 pilot Ron Laubacher and flight paramedics Mandy Shiraki
and J. Daniel Villiaros departed O’ahu for what would be their final
mission. The missing aircraft was located on February 2, 2004 on the
island of Hawaii with no survivors. On March 8, 2006 pilot Peter Miller,
flight nurse Brien Eisaman and flight paramedic Marlena Yomes suffered
a fatal accident on the island of Maui.
National Association of Air Medical Communications Specialists (NAACS)
National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA)