Subscribe | E-Editions | River News 75Ę | Super Shopper - FREE | About Us | Contact Us | FREE Classified Ė Items Under $50
The Northwoods River News | Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Flanders Realty Group

home : news : county/state news
June 15, 2019

Brian Jopek/Lakeland Times PHOTOS

A ceremony honoring the three men who died in the Spirit helicopter crash a year ago took place April 26 at the Spirit Hangar at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. Pictured is the memorial stone to be placed on the campus of Howard Young Medical Center honoring Rico Caruso of Hazelhurst, Gregory Rosenthal of Mosinee and Klint Mitchell of Watersmeet, Mich.
Brian Jopek/Lakeland Times PHOTOS

A ceremony honoring the three men who died in the Spirit helicopter crash a year ago took place April 26 at the Spirit Hangar at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. Pictured is the memorial stone to be placed on the campus of Howard Young Medical Center honoring Rico Caruso of Hazelhurst, Gregory Rosenthal of Mosinee and Klint Mitchell of Watersmeet, Mich.
Ernie Rosenthal, father of Greg Rosenthal, speaks during a ceremony April 26 at the Spirit hangar on the grounds of Howard Young Medical Center marking the first anniversary of the Spirit 2 crash.
Ernie Rosenthal, father of Greg Rosenthal, speaks during a ceremony April 26 at the Spirit hangar on the grounds of Howard Young Medical Center marking the first anniversary of the Spirit 2 crash.
4/30/2019 7:30:00 AM
Spirit 2 crew remembered
Ceremony marked the first anniversary of fatal crash

Brian Jopek
Lakeland Times Reporter


Friday marked one year since an air ambulance crash in the town of Hazelhurst took the lives of Spirit Air crew members Rico Caruso, Greg Rosenthal and Klint Mitchell. To honor the memory of the fallen, a 40-minute ceremony was held Friday morning in the Spirit Air hangar on the grounds of the Howard Young Medical Center.

Between 150 and 200 people gathered for the ceremony; they included family members of Caruso, Rosenthal and Mitchell, fellow Spirit Air members, members of the local emergency services and law enforcement community and members of the general public.

In his remarks to open the ceremony, the event's emcee, Matt Thompson, EMS outreach coordinator for Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport, said "that's what this is - it's a gathering."

"We had our memorial last May 3," he said. "Today, we want to celebrate the lives of the crew and really honor their memory. We like to call it a remembrance."

Each of the speakers touched on different ways Caruso, Rosenthal and Mitchell impacted the lives of others, whether it was family, co-workers or the patients they were charged to care for.

Dave Berube, a clinical supervisor for Spirit's northern region, was the first of seven speakers.

"I want to offer heartfelt thanks for everyone gathered here today," he said. "It's awe inspiring. It's a real testament to these three guys. Forever remembering these three guys who were not only sons and brothers, but also fathers."

He closed his remarks by paraphrasing Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" fame.

"There are three ways to ultimate success," Berube said. "The keys to this are be kind, be kind and be kind. This reflection echoes the three guys that we're here to be reflective on and have a remembrance of because their integrity was built on those three keys of success."

Ascension's Northern Region president Sandy Anderson said she was asked to speak about the effect the loss of Caruso, Rosenthal and Mitchell has had on Howard Young Medical Center "and its family and how have they have inspired us to go forward."

Ted Ryan, director of Spirit Air, said a year ago, "we had a devastating loss."

"But we continue to move forward and we continue to move forward with Rico, Greg and Klint in mind," he said.



'Right there's Klint!'

Spirit regional manager Charlie Kotke spoke of the grieving process and how since the crash there have been constant reminders of Caruso, Rosenthal and Mitchell.

He also touched on how even though they're gone there are plenty of things to look forward to and he mentioned Facebook posts of their family members featuring their children.

"We need to grieve but we need to celebrate," Kotke said. "There's celebration in each of the families."

Memories, he said, talking about them is "the stuff that lives on."

At one point during Kotke comments, Mitchell's young daughter made a loud noise.

"Right there's Klint!" Kotke said with a smile. "The mannerisms, the faces and watching those kids grow up."

In closing, he asked those in the audience to "continue to incorporate the work of these heroes in your life and pay it forward."

"Because certainly, we have some big shoes to fill," Kotke said.

A few minutes later, at the helipad just outside the closed hangar doors, a patient was loaded onto Spirit 1.

Another of Spirit's regional managers, PJ Monday, noted the irony in that occurring at that moment during the ceremony.

"Having Spirit One lift right now," he said. "It's perfect for today. The smell of the fuel and everything in there ... that's what they live for."

Ernie Rosenthal, the father of Greg Rosenthal, thanked everyone for attending and for all the support his family has received.

"Whether it's through prayers, cards, emails, in person, donations, whatever," he said. "But we, Diane and I, strongly believe by the grace of God in his mercy, with that support, we made it through this year."

A memorial stone to be placed at a location yet to be determined on the Howard Young campus was blessed by Father Aaron DeVett, pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Thompson announced at the end of the ceremony the benefit fund for the families of Caruso, Rosenthal and Mitchell administered by the Howard Young Foundation has provided nearly $151,000 in support.

Ascension spokesman Tom Weaver said the fund will remain open through the end of May and to donate, people may visit the foundation's website at howardyoungfoundation.org or call the office at 715-439-4005.

Gifts may also be mailed to Howard Young Foundation, P.O. Box 470, Woodruff, WI 54568. Checks should be made payable to Howard Young Foundation - Spirit.

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.





Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, and meet the comment guidelines (see "Comment Guidelines" at right). There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search
search sponsored by



Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE


Today's Circulars
Print-N-Save Coupons
Order photo reprints

Classifieds
Advertising Information

Community Connections
Submit to Newspaper...

Ced Vig's books for sale
Kris Gilbertson's 'I Recall...'

Twitter

Reader Poll

Should people be allowed to use the internet to distribute directions for making 3-D printed plastic guns?

Please select one:
Yes
No
I need more information before offering an opinion.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Do you agree with the School District of Rhinelanderís decision to dismiss football coach Chris Ferge?

Please select one:
Yes
No
I have no opinion.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which of the following best describes your reaction to the Republicans move to curtail the power of Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul?

Please select one:
I have no issue with it. Itís a normal part of todayís politics.
Itís unconscionable, but Iím confidant the courts will overturn the bills.
Iím OK with it as long as both parties are allowed to do it.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which City of Rhinelander elected officials should be recalled?

Please select one:
All of them. The mayor and the entire Common Council.
I would recall the council but keep the mayor.
I would recall the mayor but keep the council.
Everyone but alderman Emmer, as he was just appointed.
Frederickson, Sauer, Holt, Rossing and Larson.
Rog, Kirby and Kelly.

View Results
Reader Poll

The School District of Rhinelander is deciding whether its new indoor athletic facility will be a permanent dome or steel structure. Which do you prefer?

Please select one:
Permanent dome
Steel structure
I'm not sure at this point.
I don't want to see any kind of indoor facility built if it's financed via the general fund

View Results









Life
Facebook | All Things | Wisconsin Lottery | The Lakeland Times - affiliate | Winter Road Conditions | Snow/Trail Conditions


The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361

Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121
Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Site Design and Content | Copyright 2019 1up!

Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved