Local EMS crews respond to deadly helicopter crash

Published: Apr. 27, 2018 at 6:47 PM CDT
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The first responder community is often fairly small for counties throughout Central Wisconsin. Unfortunately, many of the emergency crews knew those that died during the deadly helicopter crash early Friday morning April 27, 2018.

Riverside Fire District, Assistant Chief, Troy Champan, was in disbelief when he received the news that his friend, the pilot, passed during the incident. He says there are programs in place to help families and other EMS crew cope with tragedies such as this one.

“You always thinks it happens somewhere else,” shared Chief Champan. “It's a shock for our community, and the entire fire and EMS crew in general." Champan runs a private insurance company and switched the signage on the electronic monitor to read “Our angels are in the sky.”

Although each position may be slightly different, their jobs are very similar; to keep everyone safe. Captain of the Wausau Police Department, Ben Graham, says the work they do makes everyone feel like they could be your brother or sister.

“When somebody loses their life in the effort of saving the lives of another, it’s a tragedy all around, says Captain Grahm.

The Howard Young Foundation has set up a benefit account for the families of the victims. You can make a donation by visiting: