Note of thanks from family of Flight for Life crash survivor (column) |

Note of thanks from family of Flight for Life crash survivor (column)

Most days begin normally. “Like any other day,” we say. Routines followed, commutes made, coffee consumed, schedules completed. Some days have some disruption and difficult moments. “Tough day,” we say.

Then there are days when an incomprehensible and unimaginable event shocks your world. Those types of days you never want to see, and you never want anyone to experience. Those types of days, we can’t say a common phrase because there are no words to capture the stunning magnitude of the event and its painful aftereffects.

As you may know, our family experienced one of the latter types of days on July 3rd, when Flight For Life Colorado Lifeguard 2 crashed and Dave Repsher was critically injured. Unfortunately, the accident also resulted in serious injuries to flight nurse Matt Bowe and the loss of pilot Patrick Mahany. To both families, we send our sympathy and support. I am one of Dave’s cousins and would now like to take this opportunity on behalf of our family to thank everyone for supporting us and Dave.

We’re traveling along an unfamiliar path. We continue one step at a time, comforted and uplifted by the widespread community of supporters. Like the accident, we can’t recite a common phrase to share our thoughts. There are no words to fully capture the extent of gratitude we have for all those who have provided an ongoing outpouring of assistance in varied ways.

Thank you to all those in the extended Flight For Life family, who kept watch with us 24 hours a day for over a week and have spent countless hours with us as we make this journey together. You have shared so much of your time, love and support while suffering your own losses. Thank you to the statewide air life services, fire districts and ambulance services that have been so generous with support and visits. Thank you to all at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and Centura Health hospitals. We sincerely appreciate your support.

Thank you University of Colorado Hospital for the amazing support and dedication to Dave. Thank you particularly to the Burn Unit ICU physicians, nurses, nursing care assistants and staff for your skill, concern and dedication to bring Dave through this. Watching you all spend every minute of every day caring for him as one of your own is so comforting to the family. Thank you also for providing us with space to gather as a family over an extended period.

Thank you everyone for your continual heartwarming thoughts, prayers, comments, notes, cards, pictures and good wishes. We know that those have made a critical difference. Thank you for painting your toes. Thank you for the record-breaking blood drive. Thank you to the continual stream of visitors to see Dave and encourage him and to spend time with the family. Thank you for driving long distances to visit and to bring items. Thank you for providing nourishing meals and walking the dog. Thank you for the varied fundraising efforts and contributions. All these actions have helped us and Dave weather this storm.

Thank you ski patrollers, hockey teammates, friends and neighbors. Thank you to everyone near and far who are too numerous to mention individually for your thoughts, wishes and assistance.

Thank you from Dave’s aunts, uncle, cousins, their families and other extended family that live far away and are unable to be in Colorado in person to assist locally. Your support is immensely appreciated.

Thank you from Amanda’s sister and family who have been here to see the incredible support, and thank you from her entire extended family, many of whom are watching from afar on the East coast.

As one progresses through life, I believe that each of us is a sum of parts. I think that we’re influenced by those we are closest to and come in contact with throughout our lifetime, and that they help shape our beings, our lives. You’ve touched us all with your generosity and kindness; you’ve become part of us.

From far distances, across Colorado, and in Summit County and nearby high mountain communities, where the stars are so bright and so close, you’ve provided much light. You’re our stars and illuminate our world at a difficult time. For that, we are sincerely, humbly and eternally grateful.

Julie Norris, cousin to Dave Repsher, wrote this note on behalf of the Repsher family.

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