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Public Memorial Service for Illinois Helicopter Crew

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A public memorial is scheduled for the pilot and two nurses killed in a northern Illinois medical helicopter crash.

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Rockford Health System said Thursday that the memorial will be Dec. 19 at Rock Valley College in Rockford. The three victims died late Monday when the helicopter crashed in a field. The crew encountered bad weather and were trying to return to the hospital hangar, abandoning a trip to retrieve a patient. Hospital officials say the memorial will end with an aircraft flyover.

Rockford Health System also has established a memorial fun for the families of 65-year-old pilot Andy Olesen and nurses, 48-year-old Karen Hollis and 40-year-old Jim Dillow.

Federal authorities are investigating the crash.

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Online: http://www.rockfordhealthsystem.org/

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