Fund created to help surviving Flight for Life crew with medical bills
While flight nurse and paramedic Dave Repsher remains in critical condition, a fund to help support his family was set up through Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday.
Bank representatives said the Dave Repsher benefit donation fund, account #6703916434, was set up following several inquiries on a fund to help cover medical expenses and other costs.
Repsher was severely injured in a crash on July 3, when Flight For Life helicopter Lifeguard 2 fell to the ground shortly after takeoff. Pilot Patrick Mahany died shortly after the crash; flight nurse Matt Bowe is in fair condition and expected to make a full recovery. Bowe and Repsher were transported to St. Anthony Hospital and University Hospital in Denver immediately following the crash.
Weeks later, Repsher still remains in critical condition, according to Loralee Sturm, communications manager for St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
“We’re all praying,” Sturm said.
“I know that he is hanging in there and continues to get treatment, which says a lot,” said Julie Kelble, a friend of the family. “There have been some ups and downs, but it’s a long process … It’s amazing that he’s made it this far.”
Repsher reportedly suffered severe burns following the crash, likely a result of the large fire that consumed the helicopter, an RV, a pickup truck and a camper in the parking lot west of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
His wife, Amanda, has spent many hours at the hospital, helping care for him since the accident.
“I’d like to thank our friends, family members, the Flight For Life team and all Dave’s caregivers for supporting us and helping us during this tragedy. Dave continues to fight for his life and remains in critical condition,” she said in a statement following the incident. “From serving on ski patrol and as a paramedic on ambulances, to caring for patients as an ICU nurse at St. Anthony Hospital and as a flight nurse for Flight For Life, Dave has dedicated his life to helping and caring for others. He has always put others first.”
Several funds have been set up to support the three families affected by the crash. A GoFundMe account was created by St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and will be split evenly between the families. So far it has raised just short of $74,000. Kelble added that a memorial may be placed on the land where the crash took place if county permission and the needed funds are gained.
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